Android hits 400 million activations with 1 million added each day
It is hard to believe, but three years ago Android had a low share of the global smartphone market and while many felt that the open source operating system had a great future ahead, it wasn't until the November 2009 launch of the Motorola DROID that the OS started to make a move. Today, of course, Android is the top smartphone OS globally. It was the combination of the DROID's hardware and Android 2.0 that started the ball rolling.
With some spectacular Android handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX now available, the daily activation numbers should continue to rise.
1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
The Android domination continues at an accelerated pace. Soon, the whole Earth will be ours!!! lol.
6. hepresearch (unregistered)
Just as much as I don't want the whole earth to belong to Apple... why would I want the whole earth to belong to Google? Or Microsoft? Yes, I would like to have choices, please? Please, sir... may I please have some more choices?
11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
That's where the power is.
You have yet much to learn, my young apprentice.
The Dark Side beckons you...
Join us, and together we shall rule the galaxy.
15. hepresearch (unregistered)
Nooo! It can't be true! NOOOOOOOO!!!
7. imgod (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Hahaha....No matter if one is on google's or apple's side, he would definitely lol at this....:)
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Just waiting for the iDevice fans to start trolling. There is no way the iDevices can compete with those numbers. Troll away.
13. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Of course the numbers of only 2 iPhone models cant compare to the number of activations on dozens of android models. This isn't surprising at all.
Pick one android phone and compare it to one iphone model in terms of activations. Good luck.
14. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
That is actually what makes android the best in many people's opinions, as well as mine: CHOICES.
iPhone = you take what we make and like it.
Android = choice and customization, we've got ya covered.
18. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
This movie already played out before. MS wote the OS and the hardware OEMs provided the guts -- that results in a great deal of innovation but crappy products and MS making billions with the OEMs dropping out like flies.
In android, you have Google creating the OS and numerous OEMs struggling to make a decent return on their devices and MS again making off like a bandit because they held key patents. When the dust settles, MS probably made more from the patents than what the OEM made.
In summary, more android devices, more money for MS.
19. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Same tired argument...... I guarantee you that it's not the low end android's that have given them such a large smartphone market share lead over the competition, it's the mid to high level devices, i.e. RAZR, RAZR MAXX, Nexus, Rezound, One Series, Note, etc, etc.
Sure the cheap ones sell well, but the better models truly drive the android market share.
If you prefer the iPhone, fine, good for you, enjoy. I'm not against anyone being happy as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else's rights.
And sorry, this response was primarily meant to be on ardent1's post below. Click fail lol.
21. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
androiddownsouth -- are you that addledpated that you drank your own kool aid?
Mainland China has about 1.3 billion people, India has over a billion people out of the over 7 billion people on earth. The android devices getting activated are driven by the cheap devices not highend products. We know with the massive unemployment, Europeans are cancelling their smartphone services in country like Greece, Spain, etc.
For your information, more iPhones were activated on ATT's network than android devices for the most recent quarter based on one market study.
27. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I'm actually a manager for an agent Verizon location, and easily the best selling phones we have are the RAZR, MAXX, and the Rezound. We sell a good many iPhones, but we sell more of the other phones. I'm happy to sell a customer what will make them happy, but at least at my location, it is NOT low end phones driving android sales.
It's not kool aid dude, it's my own life perspective and what I see on a daily basis. If you disagree with my statement, fine. I don't care if you like it. I gave my honest perspective on the issue based on my real life experience at my workplace.
To sum up, I see more people coming in and seeing the value of making the investment in a quality device that they will have to keep for 20 months rather than go for the short term cheap phone that will suck in a matter of a couple months.
9. hepresearch (unregistered)
Oh yeah, and by the way... only 800 million more activations to go before Android eclipses Symbian total activations, last I checked...
17. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It's flooded with cheap android devices. I just checked the inventory at several WalMarts and Targets and these $80 to $130 android devices are just FLYING out the door. I didn't think Verizon's $80 a month prepaid plan would work and one Walmart had almost 40 of these $169 phones for sale -- in less than 2 weeks, the inventory is down to less than half. This store can't keep its Exhibit II in stock as well.
Cheap android devices are clearly taking over the carriers' spectrum.
24. TylerGrunter (Posts: 782; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Your guess is probably based only in your own bias.
Last time I checked the high end or medium devices were leading the Android market, not the low end.
The proof you have here:
If you check the most sold devices they are ALL but one on the medium to high segement. Withe the only exception of the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
25. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Your data is bad -- my source is based on Andy Rubin's tweets and checked against available production data.
There is a simple way to way to verify this by looking at the android devices made by ZTE or Huawei et al. Recall, Huawei was the first to ship with ICS so you can't infer high end or medium end due to the flavor of android shipped.
26. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Check out this charthttp://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?
Only 491 million smart phones shipped in 2011, of which 93 million came from Apple. Look at Nokia and RIM. Also not all smartphones were android, so ths data puts things into perspective.
2. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
I hate android. I will go for wp8 and pureview
16. hepresearch (unregistered)
Wait... these aren't the DROID's you're looking for...
4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
wp8 is way behind android innovation.keep on hating android & android will keep on growing and innovating.the power of opensource, the power of choices...............closed source sucks.......
5. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
One more activation from me with my new Samsung Galaxy tab 2
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I am starting to feel a conflict - do I get a GS III now and wait for a JB update? Or, do I wait for the RAZR HD and hope it comes with JB out-of-the-box? Decisions, decisions.
20. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
just wait till another device like this ships with jellybean out of the box. waiting for an android update is like waiting for your baby for 9 months! except if custom roms come out
22. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's what the Nexus lines are for. Android=options.
23. pitbulldog (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)
And out of those 400 million how many are running the latest greatest ICS? 7% lol that's lame no wonder I left android only 7% are running ICS but yet google brings out jelly bean all you android fans will be waiting another year for your update to baked bean lol