I hope you all have a sweet-tooth, as 2010: The Year of the Android just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Google CEO Eric Schmidt had a chance to chat about the current state of Android during a press huddle at Techonomy 2010, and announced that Android surpassed another important milestone. According to Schmidt, daily Android activations have finally broken the 200,000 barrier. This is up from 100,000 daily activations back in May (announced during Google I/O), and up from 160,000 just seven weeks ago (quoted from Andy Rubin).
Although Android is not growing as fast as it had at a few months back, these continuous increases in activations surely bode well for the future of Android. In comparison, Symbian (the world's leading smartphone platform) sees 300k activations per day. And we will slowly but surely trump that figure within the next couple years. Compare today's figure to that of May 2009, when we only saw 30,000 activations per day. UnwiredView has been following Android's growth since its inception:
Furthermore, Schmidt denounced the notion that since Android was open-source and free to use, it would not be financially sustainable: "Mobile Google Search ad revenue easily pays for all Android development." Guess that's settled once-and-for-all.
With a slew of devices to be released by the 2010 holiday season, Sprint's continued WiMax rollout, and Verizon's inevitable LTE network launch, this will surely make for an exciting finale to 2010: The Year of the Android.