As you probably already know, last week Samsung and Google have decided to delay the official unveiling of the Samsung-made Nexus Prime, without providing a new announcement date for the smartphone.
Well, today Samsung has sent out invites for an Android Ice Cream Sandwich event that will be held in Hong Kong on October 19. The invite doesn’t specifically say that Samsung and Google will announce the new Nexus, but I’m pretty sure it can’t be anything else. And lots of others, including TIMN, are also quite sure of that.
While we’re waiting for the Nexus Prime to be finally unveiled, Google has announced its third quarter 2011 financial results. We’re not particularly interested in the fact that the company reported revenues of $9.72 billion (a 33% year on year increase), so let’s get to what is of interest to us.
According to Google, there are now 190 million Android devices activated worldwide – 55 million more than in July, when the company said it had activated 135 million devices. That’s 55 million Android devices activated in the last three months (from July 14 until now – October 14), which means there has been an average of about 611,000 devices activated daily this quarter. Since we had 550k daily activations in July, that means a 10% growth – a 10% growth in 3 months, which is way below the “7% growth per week” Andy Rubin was talking about in June, but still impressive in absolute numbers.
Of course, as I already said, 611k devices activated per day is just the average for the last three months. Right now, it’s quite possible that the number is higher (maybe close to 650k per day), especially with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II in the US via AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Google has also announced that the revenue run rate from its mobile business has reached $2.5 billion per year – sure enough, that includes all of the company’s mobile businesses, not just Android.
Back to the Samsung Nexus Prime, this will be the world’s first device to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. I guess it will also be the most popular Nexus model until now – since Verizon is getting ready to sell it as its new Android flagship phone (possibly under the name of Droid Prime).
As for Ice Cream Sandwich, this is certainly looking to be one of the biggest Android updates since the OS was launched back in 2008. An ICS statue has already arrived at the Googleplex (as you can see in the photo above posted today by Google’s Michael Soland). Ice Cream Sandwich is designed for both smartphones and tablets, and should finally solve one of Android’s major problem: fragmentation (or at least I hope it will). And maybe – a very big maybe – ICS will prove that “your experience on the (mobile) phone can get even better than on the computer”, as Larry Page said earlier during Google’s Q3 earnings conference call.