What Android means to Google at the Google I/O

At 8:30 am PST Vic Gundotra from Google hit the stage for their day two keynote presentation. On day one they focused completely on the web. Day two they went straight to Android.

Vic Gundotra quotes Andy Rubin on stage with two reasons why Google needed to create Android. “it was critically important to provide a free mobile operating system, an open source operating system that would enable innovation at every level of the stack. OEMs should be free to build all kinds of devices, devices with keyboards without keyboards, with front facing cameras, two inches, three inches, four inches, that operators should able to compete on the strength and coverage of their network, 2G, 3G 4G, LTP, CDMA And that in the end with innovation coming at every layer, it would be the customer who would be able to benefit by getting the best device and best network for them. Andy argued that if Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice. So if you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you believe in innovation from everyone, then welcome to Android. Now let’s get started.

Vic Gundotra boasted about Androids growth by announcing they are currently offering over 60 devices running on 59 carrier networks, in over 48 countries from 21 OEMs. He announced that their run rate daily activations have now passed 100,000 units a day. He went on to mention that Android was able to grab 2nd place right behind RIM last quarter in overall sales. He also stated that Android had the most web and app usage according to AdMob. He mentioned that they had set a goal for turn-by-turn navigation for the first year and in 6 months they had doubled it with 1 Billion miles navigated. He was also happy to announce that the Android Market had crossed 50,000 applications and went on to thank the 180,000 developers that make the ecosystem work.

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More to come.

Dave Loft

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