Google announces 200 million Android devices activated, 550,000 every day

Google announces 200 million Android devices activated, 550,000 every day
These days companies can’t just hold an event to launch a new product; they also like to brag about numbers. And at tonight’s Google Music event Google had some pretty impressive numbers to reveal. According to Big G more than 200 million Android devices have been activated to date. That number includes both phones and tablets, but given the state of Android tablet sales numbers we have to assume that 195 million or so are smartphones.

Those of you with a good memory may recall that Google announced their first 100 million activations at Google I/O back in May, a mere 6 months ago. So you can imagine a heck of a lot of people have activated Android phones on a daily basis. Google has you covered there also, reporting that 550,000 Android devices are activated every day. To put that in perspective, 3000-4000 new Android devices have been activated since you began reading this post.

photo credit: Engadget



1. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Now let's divide this by 20+ android oem's. Oh...Apple still dominates as an individual oem :)

2. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

congrats wanna cookie? or perhaps an ice cream sammich :)

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, Q3 showed Samsung beating them in smartphone sales. Troll somewhere else, thanks.

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@remix. And now let's divide Samsung smartphone sales into different models in different price ranges, lol. Unless of course you can tell us that all Samsung smartphones that have been released in q3 have all the same specs and have the same prices, just different names, lol.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SGS1 + SGS2 = probably 90% of their smart phone sales for Q3. Try again.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sorry your pride is broken, no biggie you will be able to brag again soon, for now keep them coming

20. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Split Apples profits into the 3.. 3g, 4 and 4s.

22. godsarmylds

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

@530 gemini, HAHA okay so are you going to break down iphones different phone types. 3gs 8gig 3 gs 16gig then iphone 4 and all the different gig types. Just how apple markets different iphones for there different customers and discount there older models. Samsungs GsII and exhibit are marketed for different customers. So if you want to make some kind of scenario to make the iphone the number one cell phone go for it.

34. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

@ 530 please think before you type it looks like your head is full of apples

6. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Not about the phone homes, it's about the os.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Thats beacuse apple are the only fish in a small apple pond. Android on the other hands with 550,000 a day activations is very spread out with many oems talking a proportional share of the overall spoils. Its just the perception that apple is bigger individually over it being the only possible vendor in the os.

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

But you really can't compare the two on this level. Android is a great platform, but until Google starts making phones on their own, you can compare the amount of Androids to the amount of iOS devices because Google doesn't sell phones and Apple doesn't allow other companies to use their OS.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sharp as always :D now if many people here understood that it will be better for all of us

32. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And they don't even factor the higher turnover rate in Android lol.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats.. aaaaa lot of phone in just a few months. Thats 16.5 million phones per month.. every month.. woot. So, should we brag about that? or is anything over 4 million just too much? :)

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And that's aaaaaa lot of oem's as well, and aaaaa lot of models, at aaaaa lot of price points, lol.

23. godsarmylds

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

So are you complimenting Google for allowing other manufactures to develope products for their OS? Just because apple hasn't wised up and allowed other manufactures to develop products for their OS doesn't mean its an unfair fight. I say win for business model!!

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gemini.. i just killed a troll in skyrim. It wasnt a relative was it? Sorry.. lol

29. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011


42. donzere88

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I bet 85% of those are unstable and probably crashes every other day.

44. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I could care less about those 85% - there are plenty of choices for an ANDROID phone and most of them best the 4S.

55. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

yeah, you wish LOL

50. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

alot of ugly phones! wooo hoooo.

56. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I smell jealousy from someone that is stuck to one model......

5. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all :) don't get all Taco on this Gemini.

11. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh pardon me, I totally forgot that only android fanboys have the privilege of saying something negative against the iphone. My bad :)

18. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

fanboys.. Such an impolite term :) and no its fine for Apple users to say something negative about Apple too lol.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If you read books on Disruptive Technology, you will gain insights on how the android movie will play out. Remember the android software is free but MicroSoft is making a killing from it. 550,000 devices a day and assume MS gets $5 a device in theory, then the biggest winners are MS and the consumers. Every time I see how many adroid devices show up, I know companies like MS are just counting their royalties -- it's money in the bank. Also, two years from now expect Samsung to lose huge share in the smartphone business since the devices will be commodities and the low cost producer wins. It happened to Motorola, it happened to Nokia, it will happen to Samsung. It won't happen to Apple because Apple is about software and they don't license out their software. Apple already learned their mistake and had a near death experience because of it. Look in the future where the Android OS is "free", and any OEM can buy chips from Nvidia, TI, Qualcomm, etc, the display is cheap, the battery is also cheap, and the other parts are pennies on the dollar -- you have an environment where consumers want the best bang for their buck. Anything Samsung makes can be copied. Samsung is spending all this RD that its low cost competitors can get for "free". Google doesn't care if ZTE or Huawei makes the devices versus Samsung so long as more android devices are sold.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't think is a as simple as that, Google has its partners, those are known for working Google's front line, new companies will have to earn their badges with both, customers and Google itself if they want to go full force. Unlike last time when Motorola made several important mistakes and was deemed as a company that produced bad quality and expensive stuff. People are looking more into quality and build every day now unless zte and the Other can beat Samsung quality they wont go anywhere, also if companies like zte where to get more and more Android share Samsung always has 2 OS to back them up and as long as they build a nice Rep and keep it that way they won't loose

31. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

@protozeloz Is Google compensating HTC or any other android OEM for the royalties being paid MicroSoft? Did you look at the PC market and see how the two giants like IBM or Compaq are no longer in the PC hardware business? (IBM sold its PC business and Compaq got acquired) Did you look at the US car market and see how the Japanese took share from the Big 3, and then the Koreans took share from the Japanese, and how in 10 years, the Indians OEMs are going to take share from the Koreans? I am asking you to look 2 years out and it's clear Samsung will lose share and lose LOTS of share. There isn't a cell phone product that Samsung makes that can't be copied at a lower price -- I dare you to name one Samsung handset that is free from being copied (we all know about how Apple's successful products are being copied left and right!). In the handset industry, consumers are becoming more price sensitive to a level of $20 or $30 or $50. In the PC industry, DELL got toast (lost major share) because their products were $30 to $60 more expensive than their competitors. These OEMs like Samsung have to become more efficient in these difficult competitive lanscape. If Nvidia chips are too expensive, you go with TI or Qualcomm chips and the performance will be close enough that the majority of consumers won't notice the difference. Again, there are more low end Android users than high end android users. Not everyone who buys an android phone uses the android marketplace. The marketing surveys on prepaid android devices reveal these buyers do not have high disposable incomes. As for software -- very few companies can write damn good software. Right now, we only have two "software" companies in America -- MicroSoft and Apple. You know what happens when a manufacturer tries to push their software? What do you think will happen to Bada? Just look at what happened to Blackberry OS, Meego, WebOS, Palm OS, Symbian, etc... and the list goes on. Bada will be an expensive white elephant. Samsung is in a race to make Bada a success or it will get it will get marginalized. Samsung executives knows this and that is why they are hiring programmers like crazy for Bada. These executives knew they fell asleep at the switch with Bada and it may be too late to catch up. iOS destroyed RIM OS and Symbian meaning not all software is created equal. As for build quality -- last time I checked, the iPhones are being made in mainland China. Get Foxconn to make ZTE handsets and the build quality. If I was a ZTE executive and if it meant that I had to spend $1 more per handset to get something similar to the iPhone build quality, I would do it. Give ZTE 2 years and even you will be amazed at the build quailty. Even Samsung had to work to improve its build quality.

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