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Google rolled the dice when it gambled it could compete in the mobile OS market, and as it turns out, they were right. Speaking in an interview with a CNBC television network, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said the number of Android devices shipping each day now tops 160,000.
"Everybody is gong to be on mobile devices all the time, every day, unless they're asleep," Schmidt said. "Everything is moving to mobile and we're participating in it. We have more than 160,000 of these things shipping globally every day. The momentum is phenomenal."
Phenomenal is right. It was only a month ago that Schmidt told investors some 65,000 Android-powered smartphones were shipping each day, though he said the actual number might be even higher.
If Schmidt's figures are correct, then Android handset shipments now outnumber those of Apple's mighty iPhone, which was pegged at 8.75 million for the last quarter.