I love numbers. They can be measured and specified with arbitrary precision. They can bore, dampen or exhilarate one’s feelings.
Android/Linux latest numbers really are great:
- 850000 activations per day,
- 300 million installed devices,
- 450K apps in Android Market,
- 1 billion app-downloads from Android Market per month,
- more than 800 Android/Linux products have been manufactured so far, and
- more than 100 are on display at MWC 2011.
Those numbers are astounding. I read recently that there are 1500 million x86/amd64 PCs operating. With these numbers and this growth, Android/Linux will be in that ball-park in a few years. That FLOSS is now in the hands of so many who enjoy it is the foot-in-the-door for FLOSS. At some point, the tipping point, FLOSS just cannot be denied its place in IT. No FUD will hold FLOSS back. No lawsuit will hold FLOSS back. FLOSS has become the elephant in the room.
The tipping point was a few years ago for GNU/Linux and last year for Android/Linux. On the horizon is very widespread adoption and presence on retail shelves for both.