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Google this week said that its Android operating system for smartphones, media tablets and other multimedia devices has passed one billion of activations, which means that over a billion of products powered by the platform have been sold to end-users. The company also announced the name of the next version of Google Android 4.4, which will be called KitKat.

"Android innovation is driving tremendous ecosystem momentum and I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations," said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google.

With over a billion of activated gadgets, Google Android remains the most successful operating system for mobile devices to date. The only operating system in general that is more successful than Android is Microsoft Corp.’s Windows, which has been on sale since the 1980s and has been installed onto billions of PCs so far. The progress of Google’s mobile platform is very rapid: 100 million activations were reached in 2011, whereas 400 million activations were achieved in 2012. Since mid-May 2013, about 100 million devices were sold.

Google Android’s arch-rival, Apple’s iOS, has been activated on over 630 million of devices since its launch in the second half of 2007; of them, 387 million are iPhone smartphones, 155 million are iPad media tablets and the remaining is iPod touch media players and Apple TV set-top-boxes.

The vast majority of products that use Google Android operating system are smartphones, but tablets are also prospering these days and more devices like TVs or set-top-boxes are emerging.

Google also announced the name of the next-generation Android, the KitKat. Nestle will sell limited edition Android KitKat bars, some of which will contain a winning ticket for a new Nexus 7 tablet or Google Play credits.

Tags: Google, Android, Apple, iOS, Samsung, HTC, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, ASUS, Motorola, LGE Electronics

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why android is best-
1.no stupid restrictions like apple device connects only with apple,they all required specific cable(just to make money)
2.file manager which is not available in windows phone.
3. u can't use ur windows phone as mass storage..........WTF
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Everybody tracked, everybody spied upon, everybody distracted and controlled by apps. 1984 is like so yesterday.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/06/13 04:49:19 PM]
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