At Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Andy Rubin, the man behind the Android platform, finally addressed the issue. Rubin stated that Google built a “firewall” to keep the Android team away from Motorola, in hopes that rising concerns about Google favoring Motorola in the future would finally die down.
Rubin stated that it would be “completely insane” to try to turn Motorola, which currently has “single-digit” market share in Android mobile handsets, into the dominant player. “It just isn’t going to happen,” he said, adding that “the way Android’s going to continue to be successful is to be neutral.”
Rubin also announced that more than 300 million Android devices have been activated to date, up from 200 million in November and about 850,000 Android devices were being activated every day, up from a rate of 700,000 in December.
Android dominates MWC 2012
At MWC, Android devices dominate the event since most brands these days use the said platform. The most talked about brands using Android are HTC with their HTC One X, Samsung with their Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Beam, which is a projector phone capable of shining a 50-inch, 720p picture on any flat surface, Huawei’s Ascend D Quad and Sony’s Xperia P and U.
MWC is a showdown of devices with a few non-Android exceptions, such as the Nokia 808 PureView, which is a Windows Phone.