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Google Sees 300,000 Daily Android Phone Activations

Google Sees 300,000 Daily Android Phone Activations

December 9, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

December 9, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

Google's activating more than 300,000 Android phones daily -- more than other popular mobile devices like iPhone and Blackberry, a sign that the search giant's increasingly-popular game-friendly platform is continuing to close what remains of the gap between itself and iPhone.

According to Fortune magazine's tech blog, Google is now selling 10 million Android phones per month, as compared with 14.1 million iPhones sold in Apple's most recent quarter -- its best quarter ever, to boot.

Earlier this month, research firm ComScore released data suggesting that smartphones using Google's Android operating system gaining on Apple's iPhone in terms of market share. ComScore said Android has gained 17 percent share since July, bringing it to 23.5 percent versus the iPhone's 24.6 percent.

ComScore's report places the total size of the U.S. smartphone market at 60.7 million people -- up 14 percent from July -- giving both the Android and iPhone platforms over 14 million users in the U.S.

But Android devices were slow to come into consideration as an opportunity platform for game developers, thanks to the lack of a unified storefront comparable to Apple's App Store.

Further, these numbers count only phones, and not iPads or iPod Touch devices -- major components in a mobile game offering. When the non-phone iOS devices are included, Apple's is still a much larger platform for game developers.

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