Google I/O 2010: Android coming on strong

There has been some big new in mobile lately. Just add these two pieces of information together:

Neilson predicts that smartphones will overtake feature phones in 2011
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Google Android phones are being activated at over 100,000 a day and are now second is US sales

All this totals some serious momentum for the Android platform. It also tells us that the mobile smartphone market is more than a one horse race. We should be thinking past iPhone to a much more diverse mobile landscape. Also realize that by this time next year most mobile phones will have modern browsers and data connections to the Web. That radically changes the context of the Web.

Some announcements by Google at the day two keynote of Google I/O:


  • daily activations of Android phones is over 100,000 a day
  • the Android developer community is exploding
  • Android devices are now in 48 countries with 59 carriers
  • as of this quarter Android is now second in U.S. smart phone sales, second only to RIM and ahead of Apple
  • there are now over 50,000 applications on the Android platform



Android OS version 2.2 will ship with :


  • better support for Microsoft Exchange
  • tethering capability so you can share your data connection with a PC

Google also mentioned real-time voice translation in the near future. Think about a universal translator in your pocket on your next international vacation.

Google also announced new mobile ad formats such as "click to call" and "click for directions." 

All this and it supports Adobe's Flash Player.

Whewwww... A big day for Google and mobile. Read more and see photos on engadget.com.