Larry Page provided some hard data Thursday to support the assertion that Google’s's Android mobile operating system is the world’s most popular mobile platform. On a conference call with analysts following the company’s Q2 earnings report, the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO said that over 550,000 phones are activated every day on Android — “a HUGE number even by Google’s standards.”
That’s 6.3 new Android phones going live every second. Page said there are now 135 million phones running Android out in the wild. Six billion apps have been downloaded and installed from the Android market.
The platform has been a huge hit internationally with over 400 Android devices on 231 mobile carriers in 123 countries, Page said. Google derives 54 percent of its revenue from overseas.
On the conference call, company executives said they were working to integrate the company’s new Wallet and Offers products more closely with Android.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette said the company is putting together the “pieces of the puzzle” for its local strategy: “If you look at the arsenal we’re building, it’s really quite formidable.” Google Maps is an important part of that puzzle.
Despite all the glowing talk, Google did not break out mobile revenues. Late last year company officials said the company was on track for $1 billion in 2010.