Google has announced that 850k new Android devices are being activated every day – a figure that corresponds to sales of smartphones and tablets from its various manufacturing partners. That means 25.5m devices a month, fuelling the growth of the Android ecosystem. “With a year-on-year growth rate of more than 250%, 850,000 new Android devices are activated each day, jetting the total number of Android devices around the world past 300 million,” writes Google’s SVP of mobile and digital content Andy Rubin – a new job title reflecting his involvement in Google’s music services. Rubin also writes that 450k apps are now available on Google’s Android Market, which is generating 1bn downloads a month. The question now is whether Google can capitalise on Android’s rapid growth to make its Google Music store a success. A report last week suggested the service has been struggling to gain momentum (Bulletin, Friday 24 February 2012).

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