“Google’s Andy Rubin during the Droid X launch today revealed that over 160,000 Android phones are sold every day. The tally is a huge jump from 100,000 each day in May and would theoretically see as many as 4.8 million Android phones go online every month,” Electronista reports. “Various hardware builders like HTC and Motorola were moving just 60,000 per day as recently as February.”
Electronista reports, “The explosion can largely be credited to Android’s popularity in the US… Whether or not Google’s partners can sustain this level of production and challenge larger incumbents like Apple and RIM isn’t certain. Apple has over 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders just for its launch day and isn’t including walk-in sales or third-party retailers; it also is shipping only to several countries in June. Shipments should expand in July and through the rest of the year.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Surely when Steve Jobs feels the time is right to buy out AT&T’s exclusive U.S. stranglehold and get on with things, he’ll make his move, right? After all, losing 160,000+ per day to fake iPhones with long-term contracts (not to mention the fake app investments that will work to keep people from buying real iPhones someday) must have some future cost that will eventually negate all of the wonderful advantages that being shackled to AT&T Mobility brings to Apple and U.S. iPhone users. Seriously, Steve, you could open the iPhone up to multiple U.S. carriers and then just have every Apple salesperson punch each iPhone buyer in the mouth, if you like inflicting unnecessary pain on us so much. We’d take a one-time shot to the kisser in place of all of the wasted time, dropped calls, and needless frustration.