Asian countries provide strong boost to Google’s Android OS

Andy Rubin, engineering vice president at Google, said that more than 300,000 Android OS-based smartphones are being activated per day around the globe.

The figure can force Apple to spend sleepless nights as it could ship only 14.1 million iPhones during the recent quarter to 25th of September, or roughly 150,000 per day.

Strong sales of Android phone in emerging economies such as India, Brazil and Indonesia have provided a big boost to the growth of the Google’s Android OS, putting it ahead of Apple in the race for dominance in mobile computing.

An independent study suggested that Android mobile operating system accounted for half of smartphone shipments in China. Mr. Rubin said that it was the open-source nature of Android OS that had made it popular there.

Commenting on Android’s popularity in Asian countries, he added: “After the US, we saw Asia go crazy.” He further said that sales in South Korea went “berserk” in the last four months. While low-priced and flat-rate data services made America the world’s first big market for smartphones, other countries reported strong sales over the last few months.

Android OS has been grabbed by several handset manufacturers looking to produce alternatives to the Apple iPhone and the RIM’s BlackBerry.