Google's Android operating system has reached 500 million device activations, according to director of product management, Hugo Bara.
The director also said that 1.3 million activations occur each day.
The latest operating system, Jelly Bean, only has 1.2 per cent distribution. The previous version, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 20.9 per cent share but the older Gingerbread software is on 57.5 per cent of Android devices.
Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Honeycomb platform versions each take up a smaller proportion.
A recent press release published by IHS predicts that more than one billion smartphones using Android will have been shipped worldwide by 2013. This will be just five years after the first device using the operating system was launched in 2008.
Daniel Gleeson, mobile analyst for IHS, said: “The Androids are taking over the world of smartphones.”
Google's biggest competitor, Apple, has just unveiled its iPhone 5 handset which will utilise a new iOS 6 operating system. Updates will also be available for those with older devices.
Posted by Claire Marshall