Andy Rubin: "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day"

Andy Rubin:
Android activations have been a source of pride and joy for Google ever since the platform took off in October 2008, but since then the number has been mushrooming only to now reach the staggering 500,000 activations each day, according to a tweet by Google's own Andy Rubin. Google has now turned on more than 100 million Android devices across the globe and the growth of this number continues.

In December the number of activated Androids every day stood at 300,000, which means that Google has added over 200,000 daily activations for slightly more than half a year. Just over a year ago, daily Android activations stood at 100,000. 

And it's not just the number of devices growing, but rather the whole ecosystem as Google's Android Market now stores over 200,000 applications with more than 3 billion downloads, according to data from May 2011. With devices ranging from low to high-end, Android truly has the scale and momentum, but do you expect the growth to continue at the same rate? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.

source: Andy Rubin (Twitter)

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31 Comments

1. emmarbee

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

It grows until 70-80% of market is captured by Google owned Android

2. andro unregistered

Further proof that android is indeed the current and future os of quality and choice,apple will be very worried and no doubt try to incorporate more of android os features in their next ios update to add to widgets and scroll down task bar. Infact experts predict with the android awakening of peoples minds from apples rigid control apple is indeed in trouble http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/40731/apple-is-in-big-trouble

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Android's open system and on all major manufacturer's list: Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Sony etc. make Android #1. Apples operating system, which is ONLY on Apple products make this phone useless. I really can't understand all the up roar about an Iphone 4, 5 or 6. It's small, same operating system since 2007, no flash, no sd, can't view the internet on the browser of your choice, stuck with Safari, no LTE AND NO MENTION OFF, no good gps...Apples is just catching up to what Android had on day on----notifications----wow! what an improvement

28. stealthd unregistered

And none of those manufacturers can make a phone that outsells the iPhone. The uproar is that people actually care about the iPhone, and Android is just taking Nokia's place selling cheap phones no one cares about.

29. bwiggins88 unregistered

You do realize that samsung is about to over take apple in smartphone sales right... well if not now you know.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-to-soon-become-the-globes-biggest-smartphone-maker_id19532

4. AppleFUD unregistered

Well, at least now we don't have to hear the lame argument from apple fans that "all iOS devices together" outsell Android handsets, and Android has just introduced ipod and tablets as of late. . . only going to sell more. Oh. . . now it will be the constant, one against many. Well then, don't pick the side with just one if you want to win a fight. DUH!

31. AndroidFUD unregistered

Sorry i joined apple for quality not quanity. /thread

5. hepresearch unregistered

If the trend continues at present growth, we should see about 200 million Android devices sold this year (2011) alone. At some point, saturation will lead to falling sales, but not any time soon, I think. The iPhone will continue to be the leading single-device for sales, though. I can see Google and Apple eventually finding an equilibrium around 60-70%:30-40%, with no other surviving competition, until one of them does something to disturb the tenuous smartphone market balance in their favor. The tablet market, on the other hand, is definitely predominantly controlled by Apple, and will remain so until someone can design an equally compelling Android tablet.

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Or you know - windows 8 comes along in 2012 in a Transformer-like tablet - and makes the iPad as well as all those Android tablets irrelevant. I mean who needs an Android tablet or an iPad when you will have a Windows 8 tablet that incorporates touch-friendly UI AND traditional desktop power (not to mention obviously full desktop compatibility).

9. hepresearch unregistered

Windows 8... will be replaced entirely by the next version of Android to follow it.

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Android cannot possibly compete with windows 8, merely because windows 8 is compatible with everything that exists - while Android is not. Sure, people who can have both will have a Win8 PC and an Android Tablet - because Android is more fun than win8 - but when it comes to functionality - when we take a device such as Eee pad transformer 2 - and put windows 8 on it - there is really no need for anything else at all. Remember that that is why people choose Android tablets now over the iPad - functionality. And when it comes to Windows vs Android - Android is the "iOS" and Windows 8 is the "Android" - Compatible with everything.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

for sure windows8 is going to have a huge leg up in the tablet sector.. IF microsoft can make it 1)stable and 2) as finger friendly and relatively smooth as the competition. Then yea, id be in a market for a win8 tablet as it would be the most functional. But dont discount google. They already have things like online google docs and other web based apps that they can make compatible with honeycomb and be almost as capable as a windows 8. More than likely not "everything" will be legacy compatable with win8, just the major things. I doubt we willl see WoW or starcraft2 on a tablet any time soon. :)

17. ilia1986 unregistered

And why is that? Windows 8 is not just some new OS. It's like Windows 7 - but optimized for Tablets as well. You can run everything from Photoshop to Word to Excel to 100,000,000 other windows specific applications. Also no need for "rooting" or anything like that, seeing as Windows allows you to install hacks with custom themes and such.As for stability - in D9 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8klHxUoFds - they showed it to be pretty stable. And as for Google docs - no online solution can ever replace having the full suit of MS office - again - the full suite - not some dumbed down mobile product - but the real thing - on your PC.Windows 8 is not WP7 on a tablet. It's Windows 7 on a tablet or PC with touch-friendly interface, battery optimizations and hardware and software support for ARM and x86\64. If MS knows what they're doing - and after watching the video I have no reason to think otherwise - this will make any other tablet simply unnecessary imo. Heck, as of now you can run Android on Windows via bluestacks lol.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ilia, i agree with most of that, but windows 8 isnt simply windows desktop7 with a new skin on it. Its a bit more than that. Its also going to need a huge SSD to be able to run many full legacy programs, and SSDs can be quite pricey. I agree that office is obviously better than google online docs, but for 90% of what people do.. which is writing a quick report for school or work, there isnt much difference. Like anything else, it all comes down to need and preference. If MS can prove it does what i need it to do as well as being stable, then ill think heavily about picking one up for school purposes as none of my online class apps are for any other mobile OS as of now.

18. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

That's where we all might be wrong.. HP already stated that they won't allow a competitor chip set(ARM) to use their tech. So, legacy programs will have to be redesigned to run on Windows 8. I hope that Microsoft can get a workaround, but for the time being that's the rumor.

20. ilia1986 unregistered

HP is one out of many - and as I said - Windows 8 will run on x86\64 as well as on ARM. Seeing that there is only one version of Windows - I believe that any program that was written for x86\64 will run on ARM as well - and vice versa. But of course we will have to wait until mid 2012 - but I believe that MS is capable of pulling it through properly.

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I have been on a Windows-free diet for years now and don't see myself ever going back. Between Mac OS, Chrome, and Android I have all I need covered. But I hope Windows 8 brings something innovative to the tablet.

6. ryq unregistered

that is expected since android is an open system. even little known cheap chinese branded phone uses android. unlike apple's ios which is exclusive for iphone only and they are very expensive. while windows is just starting and is still in disarray.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With those rates of adoption, MS is going to be hard-pressed to carve out a space for itself in the smartphone business. It is almost game, set and match for Android.

11. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

I'm just curious. I have a android device and apple as well but my question is what did apple have to do with this conversation? No 1 mentioned apple so why bring it up. Btw if my knowledge serves me correctly, android activations mean syncing a Google account, which means everytime I flash a new rom, that counts towards activation. I do that sometimes 3 times a day. Not that I care because apple and Google get my business but its hilarious to see y'all try to discredit a company who sits at a worth of $300 billion.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

We understand that Apple gets a lot of business. And yes, we have started the comments about Apple. But this is for all the times Taco has commented on an article detailing Apple sales and declaring "crushing defeat!" while insulting Android supporters.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You sometimes flash a new ROM 3 times a day? So that is why the 500,000 daily activations # is skewed huh? You're kidding right? You are like that Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore when he says "I eat pieces of sh*t like you for breakfast." Happy is like "YOU eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast?" The dude is like “NO!” lol Dude you need to get a grip! lol

23. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

"Hey mista! Mista!" That is like one of my favorite movies, had to drop a quote.

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Yeah Whateverman!!!! lol That's funny! I was at the airport waiting for my flight last night & I was watching Happy Gilmore on my HTC Evo 3D! I haven't seen it since I was in high school! I was laughing & the people waiting with me thought I was crazy! lol

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

If im not wrong every android device has an unique ID it stays the same. This ID is needed so it can work well and must not be repeated, custom roms use your same ID every time, so if counting of activations is thought the number of new android ID then the number could be pretty accurate

19. Attain unregistered

There are simply commenting on Apple. As long as no one is just talking about how bad Apple is. That would be trolling, which nobody here is doing.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, every time you log in with google, it does not count as an activation. It probably counts every time it connects a google account to the market for the first time or something of that effect... or it could just go by devices sold. If the former were true, id be responcible for like 200 activations.. lol i flip roms a lot. :)

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Yess.. clearly someone should b*tch-slap Apple fanatics. It's okay to be an Apple fan. It's NOT okay to be a hater. And everyone who says that iOS is somehow better than Android - aside from some aesthetics - is blind - and that's coming from an owner of a Jailbroken iPhone 4.

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

after reading this it remind me of android users= albert einstein.. so true..lol

24. Sharad_vats

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Are Google Nexus One device still selling in market?

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