Andy Rubin: Android activations reach 900,000 a day

Andy Rubin: Android activations reach 900,000 a day
Google Sr. VP Andy Rubin has been the face (and father) of Android for some time. The executive now says that 900,000 cellular enabled Android powered phones and tablets are activated daily. That is up from the 850,000 units turned on daily back in February during MWC 2012, and does show a bit of a slow down in growth from last year. But that happens with any rapidly growing product. Back in 2010 when daily handset activations were 300,000, an increase of 200,000 daily activations to 500,000 a day represented a 67% increase. That same increase now would be a much more mature sounding 22% rise.

Rubin also took the time to refute the rumors that say he is leaving Mountain View for an office and new nameplate at a different company. He made sure to say that he has "No plans to leave Google" in the same tweet where he brought up those new Android activation figures. There was some speculation that Rubin was going to leave Google and join start up Cloudcar. We can now officially nip that rumor in the bud.

source: RobertScoble, AndyRubin via Engadget



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder how many iDevice activations/day there are? Not 900K, that is for sure.

2. JcHnd

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Wow that's a hell lot of activations... I wonder how many general mobile activations would be worldwide by day, including smartphones and feature phones... damn!

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is a short jump to 1m activations/day from 900K.... iFans are green with envy.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

In case anyone's interested, 900,000 global activations per day for Android means 81 million quarterly sales per quarter. Not a bad figure by any means.

29. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If you go to Walmart, android devices go for as little as $80. At such low prices, it's no surprise the daily activations are so high. At Best Buys, you can buy numerous android devices at $130 or lower. Most of them have 3.2" to 3.5" screens. Moto Triumph with 4.1" screen was going for $229 and ZTE Warp with 4.3" screen was listed at $180.

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yep, and on AT&T good phones like the Atrix 2 go for free and the S2 is at 50 bucks right now. (matches the 4S spec for spec and is a quarter of the price). Android made smartphones accessible in a way no other OS did before. There isn't any fault in that.

6. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

i wonder how many returns....

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Last month at my store I sold 60 phones. Probably about 11 of them were iPhones. Most of the rest were Android phones. Out of those 60 phones 3 were returned. Two of them were Windows Phones. So in other words, out of the 40+ Android phones I sold, one got returned. Not saying everyone does as well as I do with returns/exchanges, but if customers are properly educated on a product, it'll generally perform well for them. Especially since I'm not in the habit of selling the cheap piece of crap Android phones offered by the carriers.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Generally anywhere from 20-40% of android phones are returned depending on the study.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There has been one source ever that claimed to make such a study. And as I recall the grounds for the claim were pretty damn shaky.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That compares to less than 5% of iPhones. Android literally has 4-8 times the return rate.

43. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Why does taco even bother arguing with sniggly? From what I've observed sniggly sells phones for a living and taco is just a fan with no real experience. Sniggly seems to know much more about smartphones than taco.

44. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because it's hard to admit when you've lost an argument. I've kicked Taco's ass up and down these threads. The minute he starts admitting he's wrong, he loses the last shred of dignity he has left for himself. At least in his perception. I'd personally gain more respect for him if he did admit he was wrong at least once in a while.

47. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

More respect? You have respect for him in the first place?

57. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sure. Dude is a fighter. I may not like him very much, but he has guts to keep coming back each day and get his ass whipped.

55. ifaghaterzunite

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Dude,you are so ignorant.Who are you getting your information from.Put a link on here that proves your made up crap.

22. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

It's more better to have a source to back up your statement though.

45. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Working in the business day in day out we very rarely get android phone returns,the iphone 4 on the other hand was the most problematic and complained about phone we have ever stock bar none,staff had become completely pissed off in the end of telling customers "yes,the phone drops calls,its an iphone".

48. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't work in phones, so this is all second hand info, but an VZW rep once told me that the iPhone (especially the 4 when it was released) has huge numbers bringing them back for issues, but Apple policy is to simply give a new phone for any issue, and so doesn't count it as a return. He said the iPhone 4 was a real PITA, because of the death grip issue. And, there is the sheep factor. My sister-in-law, who complained about constant dropped calls with her iPhone 4, would not even consider any other phone, because, "its not an iPhone." She doesn't even do anything with the iPhone, except make calls, write 500 word texts, read facebook and play Angry Birds.

51. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I am not very familiar with study but have you considered the possibility that a portion of that 20-40% is exchanges? Did the study show lost activation or returns? If it's based purely off "returns" then it would be counting the times where people switch from one Android phone to another. With iPhone, since you don't exactly have that option (obviously you could go from a 4S to a 4 or whatever but how often does that happen) it would explain a much lower return rate. I could be completely wrong because again I am not familiar with the study but it is a strong possibility.

42. nono_pirot

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i wonder how many were satisfied....

13. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I often change simcard at my android phone. each time I change, it always required an activation. is it count one or multiple activation?

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No. First time activations are counted only.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Each time that's counted as an activation as well as warranty replacements so this number is pretty shaky especially considering the high percentage of warranty replacements on android.

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Ah, Taco trying to act smart. Why don't you try providing some actual proof instead of "Study says"/"Study shows". Even I can do that. "Study shows 90% of iOS users who browse phone websites are mentally challenged." See how easy that is? Show some legit sources and don't link me to some pro-apple site like Cult Of Mac or something. We can accept you being an idiot troll, but please don't try to act like you know stuff when you don't, that just makes you a tool.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

49. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The problem is, when he's losing an argument, Taco will just say anything that comes to mind to support himself, even though he has no idea what he's talking about. Thus, he will say the phone arena review of the One X said it was laggy, even though it said the oposite. He will claim that user agent spoofing doesn't affect web browser statistics, even though he'd never heard of it before that argument. And, he will claim that Android activations are counted over and over, though he has absolutely no knowledge about how they are counted. And he will never back down once he's said something like this, accepting no source as proof. He can't help it. His mind can't accept that Android is dominating the mobile space, so reflexively he iRationalizes. He has to distort the real world to fit his perception of how things should be. Android isn't wining, its cheating..

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Again, where is your source for this information? How activations are counted is described here by Android Central. Your dumbassery has been exposed again.

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Androidcentral? You'll have to find something more reliable than a fanboy website.

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