News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 16, 2013.
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Android will activate its 1 billionth device by the end of 2013, according to comments made by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Speaking at the Dive Into Mobile conference, Schmidt announced that Android already activates an average of 1.5 million devices each day. More than 500 million devices would be activated were current rates to hold, but even a slowdown could lead to enough devices sold for Android to have more than 1 billion total activations in the operating system's five year public history.
Schmidt also revealed that Android is now available at 320 carriers in more than 160 countries. The greatest beneficiary of that success is Samsung, which Schmidt praised for obtaining the position as the top smartphone producer and seller. The former Google CEO also said that he expects Samsung and others to make smartphones "significantly cheaper" in the next two years, which will increase smartphone proliferation and lead to even more Android devices spread throughout the world.via: Slash Gear
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