With the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s mobile platform has seen a massive uptick in activity.
The company announced in June that the number of active Android devices was up 20 percent, and now the company says that the pace of growth is even more rapid than ever.
“Android has been the number one platform in the world for a decade, but it has been growing at a faster rate than ever before,” Google’s vice president of Android, Eric Schmidt, said at a press event in New York on Wednesday.
“And we expect to see Android growth accelerate even further in the coming years.”
We’ll see Android grow to over 300 million devices, according to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, which is roughly double the number that are currently running Android.
This includes the top 20 mobile operators, and is on par with the number in 2014.
While the numbers may not be as impressive as the year-over-year growth, it’s a huge step forward from when the company was only producing smartphones.
Pichie said that it is “extremely important” for Android to be the “number one mobile platform” for the foreseeable future.
Pichai’s goal is to get Android devices to reach 100 percent of the US market within 20 years.
But it will be a long journey.
He also said that the platform will have to make some tough decisions about the future of its own mobile platform in order to keep pace with the growth of the internet of things.
“We have to do some tough choices in the future about how we go about building and supporting our next-generation platform, how we build and support next-gen services, and how we continue to deliver on our mission of bringing the Internet of Things to life,” Pichae said.
We’ll have to decide how to scale and evolve, but there are a lot of things that are going to change, Pichay said.
“We need to take a step back and figure out how to do things in a way that can meet the needs of the next generation of devices and services.”
But it will likely be a tough decision.
Android has been under heavy pressure to make its mobile platform more robust over the last few years, but Pichsai said that in order for the platform to do this, it needs to start taking more risks.
“Our strategy for the next 10 years is going to be about taking risks, about doing things that we think are going do us a disservice by going down the path of the least risky and least innovative approach,” Pchai said.
“We need the next ten years to be different from the last 10 years.”
The company will need to decide whether to stay on the bleeding edge of technology or move on to the next stage.
“We’ve seen in the last decade that technology continues to change so dramatically,” Schmidt said.
But he added that this time, “we need to be smart and be very clear and say, this is not a time to be just in the background.
This is a time for us to move forward.”