Andy Rubin, one of Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) senior engineers, claimed in a tweet that over 900,000 Android devices are activated each day. He did not mention the source of his comments. Android currently has over 50% of the smartphone OS market in the US. That puts it well ahead of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and entirely eclipses Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Window mobile.
Android is the prefered OS of the world largest handset company–Samsung. And, Samsung is about to release a new flagship into the US–the Galaxy S III. Preorders for this smartphone are expected to be in the millions. Galaxy III will launch across all four of the largest US carriers–AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon Wireless, Sprint-Nextel (NYSE: S), and T-Mobile. Android has not be as successful in tablet PC’s but Samsung’s move into that sector, albeit a modest one, may help.
Douglas A. McIntyre