700,000 Android devices are now activated daily

700,000 Android devices are now activated daily
Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin has just announced that Android activations have reached a daily rate of over 700,000. Each device is counted only once, so re-sold devices are not included. Basically, whenever you put the device on a network, it counts for a new activation. Back in May, daily activations stood at 550,000, and it’s a tremendous growth for Google’s platform since then.

Last month, Google announced it has already activated 200 million Android devices, and customers have also quickly increased their usage of apps. The Android Market has reached 10 million downloads and is continuing a steady growth.

While Android is steadily growing, it seems that its growth is mostly propelled by smartphones. Android tablet sales in return haven’t exactly flourished, keeping a marginal place when compared to the iPad, but Google aims to change that with the launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apple on the other hand doesn’t regularly release its iOS device activations - the last figure we heard from Cupertino was a daily average of 275,000, but that was last year. This October, Tim Cook said that Apple has activated a total of 250 million iOS devices up until now.

source: Andy Rubin



1. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If you do the math, most of the activations are the lower to mid-range models. While the high-end devices like Razr or Nexus gets the headlines, the $100 to $200 models are being activated -- most likely in places like mainland China. If you annualize the 700,000 daily number, unless people in the US are activating 5 android handsets a year, the activations have to be in the places with the largest populations. Hence, Huawei and ZTE are dominate players in these activations.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

OMG, why do u even post, Dr. Negative. Do what math? Show me your sources. Quit talking out of your butt for once. The ONLY math I see is that 9 of the top 10 android sets are PREMIUM sets. Oh and 50% of all Apple activations are for the free/discounted model, not for the latest and greatest. Android sets sell HIGHER than apple sets now. So the ONLY math I see is that the only reason Apple has been able to MAINTAIN its percentage in the market at all is because they are selling a ton of 3gs and now i4 sets at free or super cheap... so dont come around here trying to throw some fake numbers at us about android and how people only buy cheap sets.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and how many deactivate past the trial period... if you ask for proofs,, there arent any as Rubin didnt presented any to back those number up.. other than his word... (he stated that the Nexus would be relased on Nov) so we can dispute those numbers.. based on .. no proofs...

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gallito, even if it were some absurdly high number like 10%, that would still eave 630k activations after returns which is double what iphones activate at if not more. But its not that high. Unless its a crap phone like the Garmin, we see very few returns on android devices.. why is that? Because 95% of what we sell are high end android devices.

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

95% high end phones... see you do have a sense of humor... two weeks ago Sprint had the Evo free ..and now is in back order... because again... was free... most people have free phones as crazy as it sounds... speaking of crazy... 43% of Android dinosaurs phones... still have Froyo... crazy huh..

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

whats wrong with froyo? I still use it as the main driver on my phone when im not playing with ICS leaks. Its fast, its stable, it gets every feature, and it gives me that monster battery life i brag about on my single core phone. Yup yup, froyo isnt bad at all. Do I work at sprint, gallito? Do I sell Evo's for a living? I just checked the site. its $100 for an Evo, which is still OUT OF STOCK.. Not too shabby for a 2 year old android phone, huh? Guess they keep some value after all.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

That should shut the iCheep who always claim that activations are merely reinstalling a custom rom, restoring factory default settings and other such BS.

3. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Too bad he doesn't count the awfully high return rate of Android phones.

4. ilia1986 unregistered

How bout you back that statement with some reliable sources, eh?

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

thats the miz for you

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Yeah I know. His words mean less than a banana thrown by a space monkey - but I try to be reasonable.

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

15. ilia1986 unregistered

Okay let's see what was said there: "For *some* Android phones - the return rate is as high as 40%." So what this says - provided that the source is correct - that there are 2 Android phones (some is more than one technically) whose return rate is as high as 40%. It doesn't say which phones from which manufacturers. It doesn't even say *HOW MANY* phones reach a 40% return rate. Just that *SOME* do. Remember Nokia in 2006? With their zillion phones? What If I told you that *SOME* of their phones have a 40% return rate? Would you deem thus the entire Symbian Platform in 2006 a complete failure? Exactly.

16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I can use the same analogy you gave for the activations article.. on which phones are being activated. the high ends phones or the ones that will be returned... but if you have the time in between forcecloses... then do the math.. and think about it... exactly....

17. ilia1986 unregistered

Let's see - provided both sources give correct information: "Android activations have reached a daily rate of over 700,000" - FACT "or *some* Android phones - the return rate is as high as 40%" - FACT MEANING: At least 700,000 Android phones are activated per day. At least 2 types of phones are returned 40% of the time. I REALLY fail to see how the second statement hurts the first...

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

if you buy an Android phone.. it was free.. activated but hated it.. you returned.. it so far so good.. we are meeting both facts so far.... you tried another Android ..well is because they will shoved another Android phone but better quality... activated... he is happy now.. high end device... but a month later comes another Android better that what you have... Android moves at the speed of lighting.. by 6 months your beloved Android phone shows age.. ( will be a medium end device faulty and will be 49.99 ) and by the end of their 2 troubled years... the iphone will bring joy for Jane Doe... and she will now leave the robot for the fruit.... see how Android squeezes at least 2 activation out of every android consumer reaching their goal.. in activation.. in returns... and Apple still being the champ in customer service and loyalty.... the end...

19. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

even with the returns for faulty devices, they still beat iOS hands down in activations. prove me wrong

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is hard to prove you wrong when I already agreed with you... but thanks for taking the time to read...

24. ilia1986 unregistered

Now gallito I do admit that this is an interesting theory. But it's just that - a theory - until you somehow prove us all that the average lifespan of an Android handset is significantly lower than that of the iPhone.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bahahahahahah.. GALLITO LOGIC STRIKES AGAIN no no, we said proof, not an article that is regurgitating a rumor. Even in the article it says the dude is quoting " “a person familiar with the handset sales for numerous manufacturers who claims...." Not a named person, not a hard line source to show, no validity, and they certainly were not talking about android over all, just certain individual sets. Its really hard to take you serious. Are you a parody of a real person like Miz?

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Wow show me proof of the Android activations.. and I will enroll myself in the looney bin... I want a reliable source.. not the CEO tooting his own horn... I doubt you will... you will insult me rather than show your proofs...

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so what your saying is that we should never ever ever believe anything Steve Jobs told us about apple? those CEO's tooting their own horns n all.

30. ilia1986 unregistered

Well than show me proof of Android return rates - because until you do - I'm going to claim that no Android phone was returned. Ever.

10. jacko unregistered

i been using android since being released and i have yet to get a faulty one i think the miz is just butt hurt coz the is**t dont sell as good

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

dont forgot the ones that explode..oh wait thats THE IPHONE

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

The amount of backpedaling by Android fans here is astronomically high.

31. ilia1986 unregistered

The amount of idiocy in your posts is astronomically high... oh wait thats THE MIZ

5. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

21000000 monthly !

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I cannot wrap my head around that number. That is truly amazing.

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

simply amazing

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