When Google’s senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra put up a slide during the morning keynote speech at Google I/O 2011 developer conference, the crowd of developers erupted into thunderous applause. You could have almost felt there was something in the air and you needn’t be a rocket scientist in order to figure out that Google will poke fun of its Cupertino frenemy given how Steve Jobs frequently downplays Android’s success at Apple’s events.

The company later posted the above image as part of the official photo stream, their way of ensuring the press and Apple get the message. They also shared some mind-boggling stats reflecting Android’s astounding growth in a little more than two and a half years

• 100 million activated Android devices • 400,000 new Android devices activated every day • 200,000 free and paid applications available in Android Market • 4.5 billion applications installed from Android Market

Android launched nearly three years ago with a single device, on one carrier, in one country. Eight Android releases have shipped thus far and there are now more than 310 Android devices around the world, the search company confirmed.

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