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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Symbian: Hey, Google, We're Selling 300,000 Per Day

Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently announced that the company is activating 200,000 Android handsets per day. Not to be outdone, Symbian shared some numbers of its own.

The Symbian Foundation shared some big news this week. It shipped more than 27 million devices during the second quarter of 2010. This amounts to nearly 300,000 Symbian devices being sold per day, 207 per minute or over three per second.

To put that in perspective, 300,000 handsets sold each day adds up to 9 million Symbian devices sold per month. Symbian and its handset partners can sell approximately 45 million phones between now and the end of the year. Symbian's yearly total will likely top 100 million handsets.

For comparison's sake, 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.

Symbian will trounce Android.

The better news for Symbian is that this 300,000 handset figure represents some serious growth since the first quarter of the year. During the first quarter of 2010, Symbian was selling handsets at a pace of 260,000 per day. That's 15% growth from quarter to quarter.

Lee M. Williams, Executive Director of Symbian, said in a prepared statement: "These figures make for very positive news for the Symbian community. The smartphone market place has become more crowded than ever. So the fact we continue to outsell our competitors by such large margins, combined with all the feature commitments and developments published on our roadmaps, make us highly confident in our outlook and we will continue to embrace the challenges ahead."

Symbian includes Nokia's S60 platform, NTT DoCoMo's FOMA handsets, and other devices from Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones during its fiscal third quarter of the year. Breaking it down, that's 93,333 iPhones sold each day during the quarter. That's a far cry from Android's 200,000, and even further from Symbian's 300,000.

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