Google has used the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona to underline the huge success of its Android operating system, revealing that there are now 300 million device in use running on the platform.
This growth has led to a year-on-year increase of device activations by 250 per cent, to an eye-popping 850,000 per day, while there are now 450,000 applications available in the Android Market.
Senior vice president for mobile Andy Rubin said in a blog post this was a huge increase on last year's numbers and thanked the developers that had worked to make this possible.
"Last year at MWC, we announced that there were more than 150,000 apps in Android Market. That number tripled to more than 450,000 apps today, with over one billion app downloads happening every month," he said.
"These numbers are a testament to the break-neck speed of innovation that defines the Android ecosystem."
Rubin also touted the partnerships the firm has with mobile phone manufacturers, despite ongoing concerns that the firm's purchase of Motorola could threaten the open-nature of the Android operating system.
"If you walk around the Android stand, it's also evident that our hardware partners are thriving. There are 100+ devices on display at the conveyor belt bar, which is just a small portion of the 800+ Android devices that have launched to date," he said.
The comments come after rumours surfaced last week that the firm is planning to oust current Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha and replace him with a Google employee, in a move that would seem to go against previous statements it would run the firm as an independent unit.
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