Google's mobile chief Andy Rubin has revealed that the growth of its Android operating system appears to be slowing dramatically, although the number of new devices activated each day has now reached 900,000.
Rubin made the revelation on Twitter, in response to rumours made by technology blogger Robert Scobble that he may be about to leave the search giant.
No plans to leave Google. Oh, and just for meme completeness -- there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day :-)@Scobleizer— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) June 10, 2012
Rubin is hardly a prolific tweeter, but when he does write he usually provides some insight in to Android's growth.
In February, Rubin said that 850,000 Android devices were being activated every day. That had rocketed from 700,000 Android activations in December 2011.
If Rubin's figures are accurate, that suggests a dramatic slow down in Android's growth over the past three months.
Some analysts have warned that anticipation of Apple's next iPhone was convincing many would-be smartphone buyers to delay their purchase – weakening smartphone sales as a result.
But the faltering growth may also be down to non-Apple factors. Samsung has only just released the latest version of its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S3. Many Android loyalists will undoubtedly have been waiting to get their hands on the S3.
Meanwhile, while Android's stratospheric growth may have eased off slightly, it is continuing to grow – much to the chagrin of Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion.
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