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Android crown

While the Motorola DROID X was undoubtedly the star of Verizon, Google, and Motorola's announcement today, Google's vice president Andy Rubin took some time to update us on the current state of Android.  Rubin said that there are 160,000 Android devices being sold every day, up from 100,000 a month ago.  When it comes to the Android Market, Rubin said that there are currently 68,000 applications available, up from around 50,000 a month ago.  Finally, Google released the Android 2.2 source code today, meaning that your device's manufacturer can finally get their hands on it and begin optimizing the OS for release on their handsets.  Hopefully this means that we'll finally be seeing a final, official release of Froyo for the Nexus One soon.

After the event today, it's obvious that Android has cemented itself as a major mobile platform.  The OS is growing every day and there are always new high-end devices being released that are leapfrogging the older models.  Even though it may be disappointing for users when a new handset makes their phone obsolete only months after their device's release, it's great to see manufacturers embracing the Android OS and constantly one-upping each other.  Competition is a great thing, after all.  This competition will continue to help Android climb to the top of the mobile OS heap, and I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

Via Noah's liveblog, Android Guys, Engadget


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