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Google Now Activating 300K Android Devices Per Day

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Google's vice president of engineering Andy Rubin just posted a Tweet. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be cause for a commotion, but considering it's the second update he's posted since October 18, it should be of some importance. Turns out, it is.

The message: "There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day."

For many, that amount might just be an arbitrary, but no less impressive, number. To Apple, Research in Motion, and Symbian, it means a whole lot more. Three hundred thousand means that Google could be the largest smartphone OS developer in the world. Judging by sales, Android definitely trumps the iPhone and BlackBerry, and unless Nokia releases a larger number than 260,000, consider it falling short of Android as well.

Fortune's Seth Weintraub notes that Google is fast approaching sales of 10 million phones per month. Comparatively, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones in its best quarter ever. As Apple fans are quick to point out, Apple is limited by a single manufacturer and carrier in the States. The Android OS is spread across many manufacturers, providers, and devices.

But come on, 300,000 daily activations -- up from 200,000 in August -- is evidence of tremendous growth. It's nothing to sneeze at.
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