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Google Announces It Has Reached 900M Android Activations, Sundar Pichai Calls It “Most Popular Mobile OS In The World”

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Live Blog: Live From The Google I/O 2013 Keynote

Today, Google announced that its Android operating system has reached 900M activations. This is a 500M increase from last year’s announcement. At one point, Google said that it was experiencing 1M Android activations a day.

These activations have brought in 48M app installs for developers who have launched on Google Play, which is why the I/O conference exists. As we noted yesterday, Google is making its move to try and sway developers to select their OS first, rather than its competitor Apple.

Android and Chrome boss, Sundar Pichai, took the stage and discussed how far Google has come with Android:

Android started with a simple goal to bring open standards to the world. Today, it is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

The company was quick to point out that there are 7B people in the world, so they have a long ways to go as far as installations.

As Google gets more distribution through different types of devices, be it smartphones, tablets, video game systems or Glass, the open nature of the platform is clearly working. Getting into emerging markets will also be easier for Google, as its operating system can be placed onto lower-end devices and doesn’t require new yearly phone launches to start the distribution cycle again.

Google’s stock is currently at an all-time high of $909.02 as the company shares its news.