Android and Mobile Update from Eric Schmidt

Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave the closing keynote address at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin yesterday morning. His full speech is online here. During the course of the keynote, which included presentations by two other Google employees (about Google TV, Google Translate and Street View), he exposed the following information about mobile and Android: 

  • "One in three queries from smartphones is about where I am" (location)
  • Google mobile search traffic grew 50% in first half of 2010
  • Search queries coming from Android handsets has "tripled" in 2010
  • 200,000 Android activations daily; 60 devices, 21 OEM partners, 59 carriers, 49 countries
  • 25% of Android-based searches in the US market are initiated by voice
  • Mobile is growing eight times faster than the PC Web a decade ago
  • YouTube has 160 million mobile views per day

Beyond the obvious Android and broader mobile growth story the voice search statistic above is striking and so is the figure "one in three queries from smartphones" is local.