Google announced that there are now 3 billion active Android devices, again showing that it is the most used operating system in the world.
Google announced this achievement at its annual developer conference Google I / O 2021, Which focuses on developers for building Android and AI applications.
With 3 billion Android devices, Google maintained its cozy leadership against Apple, which in January reported 1.65 billion active iOS and macOS devices – up from 1.4 billion a year ago.
Google, which launched the Android system in 2008, announced that it reached 2.5 million active Android devices in 2019, so it has grown by about 500 million in the past two years.
Microsoft announced in April that it had 1.3 billion monthly active Windows 10 devices, a year after achieving its two-year belated target of 1 billion.
Google said in 2017: that Android has reached 2 billion active users, while it said in 2014: that it has one billion active users of the Android system, which means that Google has tripled the Android user base in the past six years.
Although Android devices connected to Google Play are now twice as many iOS devices connected to the App Store, Apple is still making more money from app sales than Google.
IOS users spent about $ 21 billion on apps in the first quarter of 2021, while Android users spent about $ 11 billion on apps.
Google also revealed the full version of Android 12 with the first public beta, which appears to be a major update and includes a new user interface, privacy features and improvements.
Google is following Apple in the privacy march and promises that Android 12 provides users with more information about the data that is accessed by applications.
Google says: It also stops the permissions that apps have, andThere is a new privacy dashboard that provides a 24-hour view of location, microphone, and camera access.
In Android 12, users know in real time when an application reaches the device’s microphone or camera feeds, and developers are asked to urge the user to click first before accessing these sensors.
Google is also giving Android users 12 options to cut off the app’s camera and microphone access when they choose to.
Users also get a clear choice about how accurately any location data is shared with the app, and Android notifies users every time the app reads data from the clipboard.
Google said: Android 12 is our most ambitious privacy release yet.
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