May 14 AT 12:29 PM Matt Demers 13 Comments

65,000 Android phones shipping per day

Well, that’s a big number. In an annual stockholder’s meeting, Google CEO Eric Schmidt reported that Android partners were now shipping about 65,000 handsets per day which includes 34 mobile devices in 49 countries. Interestingly enough, Schmidt also took a subtle jab at Apple, saying that “[Google] is trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the inverse of the other guys.”

Google co-founder Larry Page was also on hand, perhaps throwing out some damage control to those who might be worried about Android’s lack of earning potential. He stated that having Android synergized well with the rest of Google “through more searches and other things that we do.”

Schmidt agreed with him, explaining that “while it’s true that we’re very happy to give away Android, the applications and the services that can be provided on a very large, very broad framework can be enormously valuable over the next five or 10 years.”

It is interesting that Schmidt is taking shots at Apple, considering he sat on their board of directors from 2006-2009, resigning after a supposed “conflict of interest.” I really wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some bad blood there, but maybe today’s comments were more of a “looking good for investors” kind of thing.

“Our partners are shipping about 65,000 Android handsets per day but if you check the blogosphere you’ll discover there are some reports that that number might be quite low. Our strategy is very different from everybody else’s. We license our code for free, so that’s really pretty revolutionary.”Eric SchmidtCEO Google

Source: The Age

Matt is a Toronto blogger who enjoys writing opinion columns about culture, comics and of course, Android. You can find more of Matt's work on his personal site.

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  • http://Website tk

    “Google co-founder Larry David”


    • Matt Demers

      WOW. Totally effed that up. Excuse me.

  • http://Website SeEsAw12

    What about Larry Page?

  • Rootko

    49 countries and only very few of them can buy apps. I really start to think that it will stay this way for a long time. :’(

    • Brian Douglas Hayes

      Being in the US, I often forget about that. Hope that issue gets some attention at I/O next week, because that’s gotta be killing sales and Android adoption overall.

    • helfone

      Yeh damn i hear you on that one. Only 13 countries have paid app availabilty. Really sucks cuz not only are u missing out on 40-45% of the available apps, you are also missing out on many of the better quality apps.

      Google pls fix this asap (Norway first if u dont mind O:)

    • http://Website Danny

      Yeah its so annoying they havent released the paid apps yet. Does anyone know what they are waiting for? Is it some kind of legal issue?

  • Todd Moses

    I love it. Android is my favorite mobile platform. Google is working on an update to the market place – hopefully this will bring in more countries. As a mobile developer I hope this occurs soon.

  • http://Website David

    Wow! That’s a rate of almost 23.7MM units a year if it is sustained. This would represent a growth rate of 250% over 2009 worldwide Android unit sales which were only 6.8MM units.

    iPhone worldwide sales for 2009 were 24.9MM units according to Gartner (this may also inculde the iPod Touch as that also runs on the iPhone OS).

    • LMau

      These was the numbers I was looking for to compare with apple.Thank you !

  • stalker

    Its really amazing. Android is the future. :D

  • ihtkas

    The future id OPEN… I love Android

  • http://Website Travis Walker

    If that’s the case where is my Evo.. agh!