At the Google shareholder meeting held last week, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt stated that 65,000 Android devices are now being shipped everyday and that there are now 34 mobile devices running the OS in 49 countries.
Speculation is that Schmidt’s estimate is actually considerably low compared to actual counts in that most estimates believe it’s closer to two million handsets per month. Apple currently ships 8.75 million per quarter, so the two million number pits Google closer and closer to that number.
“Our strategy is very different from everybody else’s,” Schmidt said of Android. ”We license our code for free, so that’s really pretty revolutionary. We’re trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the inverse of the other guys,” he said, without mentioning Apple by name.