65,000 Android phones ship per day; tethering coming soon

Google said on Thursday that they are shipping 65,000 Android operating system-based handsets per day.  Android is available on 34 different devices and in 49 different countries around the world.

Eric Schmidt said "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number two player," in a live stream over Google's very own, YouTube.  With numbers as high as 65,000 shipped units per day, Google can rival Apple's iPhone, which reportedly shipped 8.75 million units last quarter.

According to industry research firm NPD, Android-powered smartphones in the US accounted for 28% of sales in the first quarter of this year, compared to 21% for the iPhone.  Research in Motion currently holds the top spot with 36% total marketshare, as of the first quarter of this year.

Google also announced recently that the Android phone will also allow you to tether it with your laptop or device.  Android 2.2 (Froyo) update will enable smartphones to turn into a mobile WiFi hotspot, so you can wireless tether your devices to your phone. 

It's still unclear which carriers will offer this feature, or simply block users from accessing it - as many AT&T customers still know, you can't tether your iPhone just yet.

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Achal said,
if only they would do something about the battery life

This issue is common amongst smartphones. It's the price you pay for functionality

AltoidBox said,

I think that's somewhat more of a hardware issue and not an Android one, unless Google wants to start placing restrictions on battery life before they let manufacturers put their OS on their phone.

My Nexus One does a pretty good job, the G1 wasn't so great though.

Yeah, I have got the G1, with heavy use it doesn't even make it through 1 day, with moderate use I can get it to last 1 day.

NeoandGeo said,

You are in the magical 1 percentile, congratulations. Most everyone else, including me and everyone I know can barely get 1 day out of an Android phone with moderate use.

My desire battery life is very good! Lasts about 30-40 hours on heavy useage, music games etc

HTC Hero is getting a Android 2.1 upgrade now. I can only wonder how much time will they take to provide the Android 2.2 upgrade for HTC Desire.

I can already tether my Android on Verizon with PdaNet...or is that something different? Or do they just mean out of the box support?

thornz0 said,
I can already tether my Android on Verizon with PdaNet...or is that something different? Or do they just mean out of the box support?

Yeah, out of the box. Built directly into Android itself.

thornz0 said,
I can already tether my Android on Verizon with PdaNet...or is that something different? Or do they just mean out of the box support?

one of the bog updates of android 2.2, right out of the box and built into android itself.

thornz0 said,
I can already tether my Android on Verizon with PdaNet...or is that something different? Or do they just mean out of the box support?

That is tethering via USB & Bluetooth, this is Wireless Tethering, basically creating a wi-fi hotspot

Also you can already do this if your rooted.

Edited by prospero, May 14 2010, 4:25pm :

ObiWanToby said,
I want a modern Android OS on my HTC Hero...

Then root it. My friend did it a couple of days ago and he's now got 2.1 on his device, and it -still- runs faster.

I have, none of the 2.1 roms work perfectly. GPS is unreliable, bluetooth goes kinda flakey. Some random force closes. None of the roms are perfect

I think most of the good rom cookers are still on the G1. It is still the official dev phone.

Edited by ObiWanToby, May 14 2010, 1:21pm :

Typo, it's "handsets" they're shipping, not headsets.

There are apps already that can do tethering, the wireless one is amazing and works like a wireless router. Good to see Android starting to do so well.

My HTC Magic from Rogers is just 126 mb version and still on 1.6 firmware. I am afraid I will never see Froyo on my Magic. Rogers is so bad and they really don't care about anything. I guess I will need to replace my device to be able to play with Froyo. This is so bad. The problem is I have no company to chose between. Total monopoly. (

Actually, HTC Magic it's supposed to be able to use Froyo. I've seen some pictures showing Froyo installed on the Magics with Flash 10.1 (full flash, not only lite) and other things...

:No-Frost: said,
Actually, HTC Magic it's supposed to be able to use Froyo. I've seen some pictures showing Froyo installed on the Magics with Flash 10.1 (full flash, not only lite) and other things...

yes that is correct but my Magic is 126 mb version (not 18xmb) and sorry I am not on 1.6 firmware jet. The latest legal update from rogers is still 1.5 firmware. So that is telling me that Rogers is giving costumers the chipest possible device and after they do just critical updates like 911 problem before. that is so bad and make me so living them forever. the problem I have no alternative in 21st century
Only choice I have is to brake my legal rights and root my phone. but I am afraid to do that. i am not skilled in that area enough.

malirene said,

yes that is correct but my Magic is 126 mb version (not 18xmb) and sorry I am not on 1.6 firmware jet. The latest legal update from rogers is still 1.5 firmware. So that is telling me that Rogers is giving costumers the chipest possible device and after they do just critical updates like 911 problem before. that is so bad and make me so living them forever. the problem I have no alternative in 21st century
Only choice I have is to brake my legal rights and root my phone. but I am afraid to do that. i am not skilled in that area enough.

Rooting your phone is not illegal, it just voids the warranty. It's pretty easy to return a HTC magic to stock anyway

Subject Delta said,

Rooting your phone is not illegal, it just voids the warranty. It's pretty easy to return a HTC magic to stock anyway

Or render it unbootable :-)

techbeck said,

Or render it unbootable :-)

Only if you do something totally stupid. I have rooted my G1 and applied all manner of custom rom's and SPL's to it, and it's still running nicely at the moment. A small number of people bricked their phones using Haykuro's Death SPL, but that is due to them pulling the battery out whilst the phone was booting and getting the phone stuck in an unrecoverable boot loop. It's a low risk procedure if you follow the plans precisely

Right now I have a BlackBerry and an iPhone. I won't get an Android phone until I see them update regularly while not leaving phones behind. It seems that the Android phone you buy today, won't be supported in a year.

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