Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed on Wednesday that 200,000 Android handsets are being sold every day, up from 160,000 per day in June.
At its current rate of sales (excluding further acceleration in pace), Google and its partners sell 1 million Android handsets every five days, 6 million every 30 days, or 18 million every calendar quarter. Between August 1 and December 31, Google could sell another 30 million Android handsets. That's a lot of Google phones.
Schmidt made the remark during a panel discussion at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif., reports Reuters. He said, "It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but an incredibly phenomenal success in its growth rate." I'll say.
During the first quarter of 2010, Google said it was selling Android handsets at the rate of 65,000 per day. In the second quarter, it reported 160,000 per day. The third quarter isn't even half over and Google has already reached 200,000 Android handsets per day. What will that number look like come September 30?
The number of Android handsets debuted since June alone is staggering. Samsung announced four versions of the Galaxy S, Motorola announced the Droid X and will soon announce the Droid 2, reports are flying about several new HTC handsets, and the list goes on and on.
Android's success has come at the expense of its competitors. Research In Motion, long the holder of the U.S. smartphone sales crown, recently dropped 9% down to 28% of the smartphone market, according to The NPD Group. Android outpaced RIM's sales for the first time during the second quarter of 2010, says NPD.
Schmidt was also quizzed by on-site reporters about Google's social networking ambitions. He admitted that Google is now taking aim at social integration, though he didn't announce anything specific.
"There have been a whole bunch of leaks, some that have been correct, some that have not been correct. In general it's better to not talk about unannounced products," Schmidt said. "In general, we always believe that our products would be better with more social signals."
The official application for the Android platform was updated on August 3 with a refreshed design and more features.
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