Speaking at Google I/O, Android and Chrome chief Sundar Punchai just let on that there has now been over 900 million device activations. However, Google can't rest on its laurels. In the same breath as the announcement that Google has reached nearly a billion users in just a few years, the company showed off a map of countries where Android has less than 10% penetration. Those countries are green in the map below:

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The message to the rest of the world is clear: Google's on its way to your town, too.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.twitter.com/LeDavidMoreno HappyNacho

    Android is growing strong in Mexico, however are the cheap android phones and im like... you havent even tried jelly bean.

  • The_Chlero

    I think its otherwise around: The countries marked as green in the maps are the ones where Android has less than 10%. It has sense since USA and EU are mainly Apple countries. I live in Mexico and the growth of Android in the last 2 years has been utterly exponencial, all my friends, my family and my wife's family has Android devices. I only know 3 people having iPhone among the ~80 people I know personally.

    • http://www.twitter.com/LeDavidMoreno HappyNacho


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    • Harsha

      You mean "more than 10%"

      • The_Chlero

        yeah sorry

    • Haedocynic

      That can't be true: Android has about 70 % or so of the smartphone market in Europe, or at least the large majority. Apple is most popular in America. But I don't understand the map either: I think perhaps Android Police has the wrong explanations/labels.

      • mark

        Android is most popular in the US (it might be that Apple sell more iphones than any individual company sells Android phones, because Android sales are split across multiple companies, but Android as a platform is number one).

        • Haedocynic

          No, I'm sorry, what I meant was this: Apple is more popular in America [than in other countries] (though still less popular than Android). You (reasonably, though incorrectly) interpreted what I said as "Apple is more popular in America [than Android]", which is not true, as you say.

    • Sootie

      I dunno I know its way more than 10% in australia and its not green

    • mark

      EU is mainly Android, before that it was Symbian. US is mainly Android.

      I wonder if they mean 10% of population rather than "market share", which would make sense given the target of 4-5 billion - a lot of the people in the world don't have a phone at all, and around 2 billion people or more have Internet and app on phones through platforms like Nokia's S40 (which is around 1.5 billion IIRC), which are lower cost and therefore not included in the so-called ill-defined "smartphone" stats.

  • Matthew Fry

    penetration... *giggle*

    • fixxmyhead

      Double penetration ;)