2.5 billion devices now running Android OS worldwide

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo from left are the new Samsung Galaxy S10, the S10+ and the S10e during a product preview in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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.

“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 Wedsnungnesday.

The announcement was made during the launch of Android Q beta 3 OS, which is now available for 21 devices.

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