Android Reaches New Heights in Mobile

This week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that his company’s Android mobile operating system is growing by leaps and bounds.

But that’s pretty obvious regardless of Schmidt having to say so.

Since it’s grand unveiling, Android has become a major player in the mobile space, often bumping Apple’s iOS to the backburner of headlines and mobile consumer preferences.

Google’s CEO, however, is quantifying some of the perceived growth of Android by revealing that sales of smartphones running Android now touch on approximately 200,000 per day.

“People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is,” Schmidt said at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, California, noting that only eight weeks ago, Android device sales were just 100,000 per day.

“It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but incredibly phenomenal in its growth rate. God knows how long that will continue,” he added.

According to fresh data courtesy of The Nielsen Company, Android devices now make up 27 percent of all smartphone sales in the US this year. That bests the iPhone (which only accounts for 23 percent) for the first time on record.

Android has also gained in overall market share by securing an impressive 13 percent of the total smartphone market in the US.