Android reaches 500 million activation milestone

Google’s Android platform is undoubtedly the world’s most popular mobile OS, and whilst we know Android currently holds over 50% in the smartphone marketshare, we can now confirm over 500 million Android devices have been activated. Last year, the company scaled the 100 million mark, so it is safe to say that Android has definitely been growing since then, with the Galaxy S II an III being two of the best-selling phones for the past few years. 

Google promises to keep expanding its Android brand and to market the OS to more users as time goes on. As it stands, we’ve been graced with the ever-so yummy Jelly Bean this summer, and hopefully we should see a new major revision by the end of the year considering a new Nexus smartphone will be released at some point.

Google tends to release figures and statistics of Android’s growth at various conferences, so when the new Nexus smartphone is announced later in the year, we’ll find out a lot more about how the company has met its targets, how many activations would have occurred at that time and what the company aims to do to increase Android's userbase even more.

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Oh, my bad ichi, Google doesn't pay MS, the hardware manufacturers do (HTC - 5bucks a piece, Samsung is said to be paying 15 bucks a piece (Not confirmed) and many more)

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh, my bad ichi, Google doesn't pay MS, the hardware manufacturers do (HTC - 5bucks a piece, Samsung is said to be paying 15 bucks a piece (Not confirmed) and many more)

So this is actually a good news for MS...

mahara said,
What does it mean? Does it mean Google get hurt more because of Android's patent issue with Microsoft?

It means Google must pay MS a whole lot more money then they did at first.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

It means Google must pay MS a whole lot more money then they did at first.

Last time I checked Google was paying exactly $0.

Cue people saying its just people resetting their phones. In reality its one phone = one activation.

The following are excluded from these figures:

Software Upgrades
Software Resets
Custom Room installs
All Kindles, Kobos and other non-Google devices.

thealexweb said,
Cue people saying its just people resetting their phones. In reality its one phone = one activation.

The following are excluded from these figures:

Software Upgrades
Software Resets
Custom Room installs
All Kindles, Kobos and other non-Google devices.

Even So, I know of several people who have had at least 6 different Android phones in the last two years for various reasons. A better account of Android's growth is How many Active Google accounts with unique IDs in the last year? This would give a better account as to how many devices are used on a daily basis as the primary device.

Drewidian said,

Even So, I know of several people who have had at least 6 different Android phones in the last two years for various reasons. A better account of Android's growth is How many Active Google accounts with unique IDs in the last year? This would give a better account as to how many devices are used on a daily basis as the primary device.

yep i agree with this

Drewidian said,

Even So, I know of several people who have had at least 6 different Android phones in the last two years for various reasons. A better account of Android's growth is How many Active Google accounts with unique IDs in the last year? This would give a better account as to how many devices are used on a daily basis as the primary device.

In the past 20 months, I've purchased six Android devices.

thealexweb said,
Cue people saying its just people resetting their phones. In reality its one phone = one activation.

The following are excluded from these figures:

Software Upgrades
Software Resets
Custom Room installs
All Kindles, Kobos and other non-Google devices.

Activations work by just signing in with a Google account on the device. The activation process is what Google Play's site uses to find the devices you have activated - which is why it is easy to tally up every so often and also explain why you can select what smartphone model to download your desired application for. Regardless of ROM/ software upgrades/ resets, these devices remain on said list. I know from my 6 devices that I have 6 activations.

Drewidian said,

Even So, I know of several people who have had at least 6 different Android phones in the last two years for various reasons. A better account of Android's growth is How many Active Google accounts with unique IDs in the last year? This would give a better account as to how many devices are used on a daily basis as the primary device.

It doesn't matter how many phones you buy as a single person. Each phone has its own unique ID, no matter if you move the SIM from one model to another, it is still a new phone and is counted as a new activation.

I do understand what you're saying, that even though you activated 6 phones, you still only have one phone. What you dont understand is this. Let's say you sold one of those phoens on eBay to another user. Now they take it to their carrier and it gets activated for service. Google servers will see just as the carriers server will see, this device is not unique as it has been activated before. Thus it isn't counted as a new activation.

thealexweb said,
Cue people saying its just people resetting their phones. In reality its one phone = one activation.

Is that really true? After installing CM on my old Galaxy S, it started showing up as a different phone on the Google Play website.

Also, I installed Android x86 in a virtual machine just for lulz, and that also shows up in Google Play (as an eeePC!). Does that count as an activation? I'm thinking the activation numbers are slightly skewed.