Google could be counting Android devices by Google services activations
1. sorgo (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)
How are activations of custom ROMs counted? If you flash 10 ROMs on your phone just to test, is the device counted only once?
2. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
if they are taking steps to prevent double counting, i would presume that an activation is tied to a physical device in some unique way.
5. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
that physical device has serial numbers on it. when you activate, i would assume those numbers are logged a long with your gmail info so that way the numbers can not be used again.
If it doesnt track those numbers, then there is no way they could know if your activating a new phone or a new rom. My vibrant has been registered as a vibrant, i9000, and now a galaxy nexus because of different ROMs... but its always had the same set of numbers attached to it.
8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Yep, once activated, your IMEI is logged within Google's servers, thus your phone counts once.
3. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This article is so wrong,the google activations is measured by phones and their imei. If you log into your gmail account you can see the history of all the phones you had with the google account and their imei's activated.
4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
REally ? ive never seen that, how do you find it? very good info though
6. paulyyd (Posts: 329; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
thats cool and all google "supposedly" has all of those activations but does it really matter?
7. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
Yea the Imei and serial number of tablets and such would be a much better way. Like i just got a tablet, but i have been having a gmail account, so now that my tablet is linked with my gmail account that seems like it would count as a activation.