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1.3 million Android devices activated every day

All talk in the smartphone world may be circulating around the upcoming iPhone 5, but it seems consumers haven’t forgotten about Android devices.

Speaking at a Motorola press event in New York City recently, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed that uptake of Android was increasing.

Schmidt said that the company currently sees approximately 1.3 million Android devices activated per day, up from 1 million in June.

These figures have also increased dramatically when compared to May 2011, when 400,000 devices were activated each day, and the end of 2010, when 300,000 were activated daily.

Android Jelly Bean uptake

While device activations are at an all-time high, Google’s latest OS – Jelly Bean – still seems to be finding its feet.

Given that the OS has only just been released, it comes as no surprise that distribution currently stands at 1.2%, while the combined totals for its predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich come in at 20.9%.

The largest distribution share is occupied by the older Gingerbread OS, with its combined share (including 2.3 to 2.32) coming in at a figure of 57.5%.

The data also revealed that Android 2.2 Froyo (14%), Android 2.1 Éclair (3.3%), Android 1.6 Donut (0.4%) Android 1.5 Cupcake (0.2%) are still in the current mix of operating system’s used by current devices.

Is Android still king?

Android is still dominant, but the ongoing patent battles between Apple and anyone who thinks they’re hard enough could see other systems grow in opularity.

Nomura’s Richard Windsor said:

“As Android and Apple tear each other apart, Microsoft has been waiting in the wings and is in a very good position to move in an entice users to switch from Android to Microsoft,”

HTC is just one company which has confirmed that it is going “extremely bullish on Windows Phone 8”, while Nokia has just announced two new Windows 8 devices in the Lumia 820 and 920.

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