Financially this is critically important for Google: Mobile is one of the company’s most important growth areas, and mobile ads recently hit a $1 billion annual run rate. Android is fueling that growth. The easiest way to get to $2 billion? Double the number of Android phones on the market.
And with that, the speculation can probably end: Sometime in 2011, if not before, phones running Google’s Android operating system will almost certainly outnumber Apple’s iOS devices.
This is no doubt annoying to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who earlier this fall questioned Google’s numbers: Jobs suggested that Google’s claim of 200,000 daily Android activations was fuzzy math counted a lot more than just phones. This tweet from Rubin clears that up.