On June 23, Eric Schmidt told the world that Google was tracking 160,000 Android devices sold per day – and just a month before that, they were at 100,000/day. Today, he revealed that 200,000 Android devices are sold every day. It’s truly amazing, especially considering the scope of other devices – as much as I hate to do this, I’m going to drag in the iDevices, and quote the figures I stated in June:

  • Excluding the iPhone 4 launch, Apple averages approximately 246,000 phone sales per week
  • Mac sales are estimated to be 110,000 units per week
  • iPad sales are estimated to be 200,000 per week

The important caveat there is that figure excludes the iPhone 4 launch, but I’m not looking to draw a line from Android to iOS here – rather, I’m looking to establish a scope. And what a scope it is: 200,000 devices/day means they’re selling at a pace of 1.4 million phones per week, 6 million per month, and 73 million phones per year. If that doesn’t impress you, check your pulse.

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NPD figures for the second quarter show that Android is the largest smartphone OS, followed by Blackberry in second (sliding 9% to 28% of the market), with the iPhone coming in at 22%. (On a related side note, the fact that the iPhone – essentially just 2 devices, now – commands over a fifth of the market is extremely impressive.)

While 3 data points do not make for a proven trend, two main conclusions can be reached from the numbers:

  1. Android is still growing – and quickly. May: 100,000/day, June: 160,000/day, August: 200,000/day. The numbers speak for themselves.
  2. The pace is slowing. I’m not going to run the exact numbers, because I have no idea what specific date the above figures are from, but obviously it didn’t increase 60% between mid-June and early-August (as it did from mid-May to mid-June).

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It’s a safe bet that the number of high-profile device launches in the last few months has had a major effect on the numbers – although it’s unlikely that they artificially inflated them. Coupled with the fact that Android is moving down the spectrum into cheaper, lower-end devices, it seems like a safe assumption that the number will continue to climb.

[Source: Reuters]