In case the activation figures rolling in from independent industry analysts in the UK and US recently weren’t telling enough, now Google’s very own Larry Page has confirmed Android’s incredible success. Commenting online about his first year as company CEO and Google’s achievements in that time, Page singled out Android for specific praise.
“Android is on fire, and the pace of mobile innovation has never been greater,” he wrote, “Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers.
“Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version,” he continued. “The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device. Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly.
“I remember first meeting Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, back in 2004. At the time, developing apps for mobile devices was incredibly painful. We had a closet full of over 100 phones, and we were building our software pretty much one device at a time. Andy believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. At the time, most people thought he was nuts.”
But with Android now the OS of choice for over 300 million devices activated worldwide in the last three and a half years, Rubin was clearly very far from nuts. And following the mantra that when something is not broke you don’t try to fix it, Page finished off assuring that Google’s plans with Android are to adhere to the spirit of innovation and partnership in which it was born, keep it open to all, and watch it continue to grow to become the biggest OS option in the world.