San Francisco, May 9: The Android mobile Operating System (OS) is now running on 2.5 billion devices globally, up from 2 billion, Google announced two years ago. Stephanie Cuthbertson, Android's Senior Director made the announcement at the I/O conference. This milestone for the company comes about ten years after the first release of Android. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Defends Company's Approach To Privacy & Users Data, Says Privacy is 'No Luxury Good'.
"However, keep in mind that the numbers are based on Google Play Store statistics and it doesn't take into account non-Google Play Store devices such as China's Android devices without Google Play Services enabled.
"So in reality, a lot more mobile devices are running Android right now," GSMArena reported late on Wednesday.
The announcement was made during the launch of Android Q beta 3 OS, which is now available for 21 devices. Android is the most popular mobile OS, though over the course of the last few years, Google has also invested in KaiOS.