Before a crowd of enthusiastic developers, Google VP of engineering Vic Gundotra (pictured) kicked off the company's annual Google IO developer conference Tuesday with an image: the green Android robot devouring an apple, which is to say Apple, Google's principal competitor in the smartphone market.
Gundotra was followed by Hugo Barra, director of Android product management, who offered an overview of Android metrics. He revealed that Google has recorded over 100 million Android activations to date, thanks to the work of 36 industry partners, 215 mobile carriers, and 450,000 developers worldwide. That broad base of support has brought the number of Android activations per day to 400,000, four times what Google reported in May last year. And Barra said that Google's Android Market now has over 200,000 applications and that 4.5 billion Android applications have been downloaded and installed.
"Android Market is seeing stronger, faster growth than ever," said Barra.