There are now more than 2 billion active Android devices in the world

Google I/O has just started and, as always, the mega-event kicks off with a keynote presentation, where Google lets us know what it has been up to for the past year and where it's heading now. Taking the stage to greet us is Google Inc.'s CEO — Sundar Pichai — who was quick to share his excitement about how many Android phones are active in the world right now.

According to Mr. Pichai, Google's operating system has just recently passed 2 billion active smartphones worldwide. Or, to put it into perspective, that's more than three times the population of the entire USA, and more than a quarter of the entire world's population. That's quite an impressive feat and the search giant is right to celebrate it.

We are currently eagerly awaiting more information on Android and other future mobile developments from Google. Stay tuned for news as they become available!

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1. md227a

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

That's a staggering amount of users!

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's only going to grow more.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I recall back in the late 80's and 90's, after Windows became more commonplace, that many haters use to joke that one day another platform would dethrone Windows as the top dog. Needless to say, we didn't believe them! This especially became true when so many distros of Linux came into play. The Linux fans, especially when distros like RedHat, SUSE and many other came, were surely gonna dethrone Windows. Well it seems it has happened. Even though its not specifically Linux, NIX platforms do control the lions-share of devices in the world. Operating system can be made to run anything, as long as you can provide the proper loader. But the magic of NIX based platforms like Linux, iOS, OS X and many other is, you can start small with just commend-line coding, or you can go to a full blown platform with a full scaled GUI, all from the exact same foundation. Even though Windows is very UNIX-Like and can do the same thing, UNIX is now the power that has now taken over. It runs on the most servers, the most phones and many devices that many people never though of like, POS (POint of Sale (cash registers if you prefer)), networking appliances like routers and hubs, they run servers, desktops/laptops, casting devices, consoles, cars, hospital equipment and so much more. NIX is the beast and all those company's who use them are doing some very awesome thing. No matter what device you choose, or like most, maybe we can all agree, this stuff has really gone a long way and we are benefiting in so many areas.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Linux distros have grow because there is such an active and very large community. This is one of the major reasons why Linux and Android have all the latest hardware before iOS. Btw iOS is based on FreeBSD which is Unix. However FreeBSD allows anyone to take the source code and modify the crap out of it, without giving back to the community. In other words Apple modified the crap out of FreeBSD, and is the only one that can add any new hardware or updates to their own version of FreeBSD. That includes their own SoCs. So Android will always have the latest hardware before iOS gets it. This is 100% a fact. Also Android from day one didn't care what processor or GPU you had in your devices. Many thought Androids VM was its Achilles heel. However as time went on, SoCs, ram, and storage improved by leaps and bounds. Nowadays Androids VM agnostic approach really paid off, and has Future proofed Android, and it's ecosystem. Just look at both Apple and Microsoft came out with their own agnostic platforms to try and compete with Android. Apple with their Swift language and runtime, and Microsoft with their Universal apps. The problem that both Apple and Microsoft have is they have to build up their agnostic ecosystems. Androids ecosystem has been agnostic from day one. Sure we are all benefiting from what world has given us. Some benefit more in some areas compared to others.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! Android has surpassed Windows as the most dominant operating system on the planet. Android is great because it powers more than just phones and computers, It runs network appliances, scanners and more. Android has now double the usage of iOS and almost double Windows which has 1.3Billion users. Android is truly the most advanced operating system...iOS only claims to be.

37. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Still me as an Android user has to digest the fact that iOS is faster than Android in terms of performance.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The iPhone 8 may cut into this figure a bit.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it's going for over $1000. I highly doubt it.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android kills iOS in mid range and low range smartphone devices. Apple tried the mid range market with rebranding their iPhone 5s to iPhone SE with a newer CPU, camera and more ram. But Apple's numbers and market share keeps dropping. Just look at the last quarter and the 3 quarters beginning 2016.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In what segment? Phones? What if it does? So what? The little cut it does make, will simply be uncut at a later date. Apple was on the market with iOS before Google bought Android.

16. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

You're kidding, right?

29. mudcat626

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, had to come see the AdDroid circle jerk. 2 billion users using hundreds of cheap, throwaway AdDroids phones and that's something to crow about. That's hilarious.

30. mudcat626

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Did you cum good, Techie......lol

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hahaha...more than once. I think the wife is jealous!

32. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The biggest question and argument should be, How can we consumers, stop these companies from fleecing us? All operating system and hardware are great; however, when it cost a company $200.00 to manufacture and all it for $800.00 to $1,000.00 dollars is outrageous! Then to have people fight over the same function is insane!

39. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

A. There's a lot more that goes into a phone cost than parts and manufacturing. B. There are a ton of good quality phones that cost half of your numbers listed.

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