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Google's Android Saw 500% Growth in India in One Year

At their I/O event in sans Francisco, Google announced that Android has seen 500% growth in Indian market in past one year. Speaking at the event, the Director of Product Management, Android, Hugo Barra said, "Android has become a true worldwide phenomenon. There are around 400 million Android devices in the market and in nations like India, Thailand, and Brazil; we have seen Android grow by 500% in the past one year." Further adding to that, Barra told that despite such huge numbers, the company is not slowing down and around 1 million new Android devices are being activated on every day. At the event, Barra showed a heat map that depicted the everyday Android activations. Countries like India and Brazil were depicted in yellow color, indicating high number of Android activations. Google also made an India-Specific declaration at its I/O event. Google also told that Jelly Bean, the latest edition of Android, will also have inbuilt Hindi operating software support. Google also announced that the number of apps in their Play Store has crossed over 600,000. According to a research firm, Android had a market share of 59% in the smartphone market for the first quarter of 2012. Apple's iOS held second position, with market share of 23%, followed by Nokia’s Symbian with market share of 6.8% and BlackBerry OS with market share of 6.4%. The significant growth of Android in the Indian market can be attributed to the low priced devices which generally range in between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 40,000, which in comparison to iOS devices (starting from Rs. 37,900) is pretty less. Looking at the smartphone market boom, we think that Android will continue its domination in India and across the globe.

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