How Android stacks up

Android device activations have skyrocketed lately, and now average around 850,000 a day. That's quite a leap from the first quarter of 2010, when Android activations were averaging a mere 65,000 per day. Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system in the world, as research firm Gartner reported late last year that Android devices accounted for more than half of all smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2011.

Since its debut in the fall of 2007, Android has appeared on numerous popular smartphones for several carriers including Verizon’s Motorola Droid and Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G.

Its popularity even brought out the ire of the late Steve Jobs, who was reportedly angered by the existence of Android. But Google CEO Larry Page says it was all for show.

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