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Watch Android's Global Explosion in Real-Time

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Jockeying for the number one slot in sales and market share, Android has reaped the rewards of becoming the most viable iPhone alternative in the last two years. Installed over a wide variety of devices and carriers, the OS has earned millions of users and countless fans.

Underscoring its massive growth in popularity, Android Developers created a video showcasing the platform's global activations from October 2008 through January 2011. As you can see, without much in the way of attractive devices, the pace doesn't really pick up until the end of 2009 -- with the release of the Motorola Droid in the States and the Motorola Milestone abroad. Internationally, the growth is more of a slow boil with a few "frying pan crackles" in Europe. Meanwhile in the US, notice the huge jump mid-November 2009 marking the Droid's launch.

It's a fascinating video, and goes to show you: People really like Android.

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