Android Grew A Whopping 500 Percent In India Last Year
More than one million Android activations are happening around the world in a day and the statistics India among the most Android loving countries. According to Hugo Barra, Director Product Management of Android, India saw a whopping 500 percent growth in Android last year. The fact was revealed at the ongoing Google’s I/O developers conference. "Android is a truly global phenomenon. We now have 400 million Android devices.
In countries like Brazil, India, and Thailand we have seen it grow by 500% in the last one year,” Barra said. He also showed a heat map representing the number of Android activations around the world in which India was depicted in yellow color, indicating the high number of activations. The whopping growth of Android in the country may be due to the vast range of Android-powered devices available in the market from Rs 5000 to Rs 40,000.
Apple’s iOS-powered devices are above the reach of an average Indian. Moreover, other platforms like Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows failed to provide the user experience and features offered by Android and iOS. Android has a 59 percent share in the Smartphone market as on May 2012, followed by Apple's iOS with a market share of 23 percent. Among the Android vendors, Samsung leads the Indian Smartphone market with a share of 45 percent, which the company hopes to increase to 60 percent by this year-end.
The latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, announced at the conference will come with a support for Hindi, inbuilt in the OS.