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Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said last night that the internet-turned mobile-OS maker is now shipping more than 60,000 Android devices a day. What’s more is that the number has doubled over the past quarter, meaning volumes could continue to rise over the next year — especially given all of the handsets unveiled this week in Barcelona.
So, what does it mean?
It means that if Google’s growth stays constant, it will ship roughly 22 million phones this year. (That includes Google’s own Nexus One handsets launched last month; Schmidt didn’t break out that number.) If shipments continue to double every quarter, and they just may, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) could hit 27 million. For perspective, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) sold 25.1 million iPhones in the past four quarters. In addition, consider what a Samsung executive said during this morning’s keynote. He said Samsung’s new operating system ‘bada’ would be a success if it accomplished 10 million phone shipments. He reasoned that at those volumes it wouldn’t be considered adding to the industry’s fragmentation, but rather would be considered in demand. If Samsung considers 10 million good (and it ships a total of 220 million handsets a year), than Google’s accomplishments are fairly impressive.