Google: 850,000 Android devices activated per day

In December, just before Christmas, Google Android chief Andy Rubin announced that Android has surpassed 700,000 daily activations. A lot has changed in just two months. In a new Twitter message from Rubin, made from the World Mobile Congress trade show, he stated, "850k activations a day now!" Yes, that means that Google has added an additional 150,000 Android activations per day in just 60 days or so.

In a post on Google's Mobile blog site, Rubin gives some other Android stats, including word that there are now over 300 million Android devices that have been activated worldwide. He added that the Android Market now has 450,000 apps to download compared to last year's Mobile World Congress where the Market just had 150,000 apps. Also, over one billion apps are being downloaded every month from the market, according to Rubin.

Google also has a huge and colorful Android exhibit at MWC this week, which you can check out in the photo above this post. Rubin says:

There are 100+ devices on display at the conveyor belt bar, which is just a small portion of the 800+ Android devices that have launched to date.

You can even give your own Android device some "bling" via the exhibit's Bling Bot which will decorate your smartphone with a number of designs like the one below.

Images via Google

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I only have had two Android devices an Evo 4g and an Evo 3D. I have flashed hundreds of times and on market it only shows two.

not bad. Still not that relevant for competition considering the other competitors dont have budget versions. I can buy android unlocked for like $40. Im sure if MS, Apple and RIM had $40 versions they would have the same news.

Colin McGregor said,
not bad. Still not that relevant for competition considering the other competitors dont have budget versions. I can buy android unlocked for like $40. Im sure if MS, Apple and RIM had $40 versions they would have the same news.

Well with WP tango it is certainly a market MS plans to go after so we shall see if they make any headway with their cheaper phones.

iPhone ruled when there weren't other cool alternatives. Now that the smart-phone ecosystem has expanded with WP7 and Android, none of these figures should surprise anyone.

iPhone is a (slowly) passing fad. Admittedly running one was fine for about a year or two.

Soulsiphon said,
Admittedly running one was fine for about a year or two.
It's still a perfectly reasonable and extremely polished OS. I believe Android, WP7 and iOS are pretty comparable right now, really - and all are still under heavy development.

Kirkburn said,
It's still a perfectly reasonable and extremely polished OS. I believe Android, WP7 and iOS are pretty comparable right now, really - and all are still under heavy development.

True, but iOS is stale IMO and really has not offered anything really exciting/new. IMO, SIRI is not that exciting and just a fad that will pass.

techbeck said,

True, but iOS is stale IMO and really has not offered anything really exciting/new. IMO, SIRI is not that exciting and just a fad that will pass.

Siri is USELESS. thats why we have apps. Plus her name is Samantha on the mac

Soulsiphon said,

iPhone is a (slowly) passing fad. Admittedly running one was fine for about a year or two.

Maybe in Narnia.

I've seen people make similar statements, but I don't know what data they're using to come to that conclusion. I mean, the five year old sucker just had its best quarter ever, and every year, Apple sells more phones than the previous years combines. That's hardly a (slowly) passing fad...unless today is opposite day, and I didn't get the memo.

If that's the case then lol.

omgben said,

Maybe in Narnia.

I've seen people make similar statements, but I don't know what data they're using to come to that conclusion. I mean, the five year old sucker just had its best quarter ever, and every year, Apple sells more phones than the previous years combines. That's hardly a (slowly) passing fad...unless today is opposite day, and I didn't get the memo.

If that's the case then lol.


That's completely untrue. Like, completely and utterly. They do not, every year, sell more units than the sum of every previous year. I don't think the numbers can even be twisted to look like that's even a LITTLE true.

Reminder: The majority of "affordable" smart-phones run Android. I'd expect most of these users wouldn't call themselves fans of the operating system, just saying.

hotdog963al said,
Reminder: The majority of "affordable" smart-phones run Android. I'd expect most of these users wouldn't call themselves fans of the operating system, just saying.

Which is why it states 850000 activations and not 850000 new fans!

cralias said,
First pic... ugh. After all this time Android logo is starting to get on my nerves as damn ugly.

its something only a grown man in his mothers basement would love.

BTw I'm a Rezound owner, but I son't drink the android geek cool aid.

CMG_90 said,

You are forgetting that Android is mostly a geek thing


Since when? I know a lot of "everyday users" who love Android devices.

Raa said,

Since when? I know a lot of "everyday users" who love Android devices.

Do they love android or do they love their android phone? Most "everyday people" I come across don't make the distinction, they say stuff like I want that new HTC, Samsung phone etc making no mention of Android.

vacs said,
Impressive, especially because Google doesn't count multiple activations on the same device.

First, source?
Second and most important, ROMs like Cyanogenmod count 2 activations I believe....

htcz said,

First, source?
Second and most important, ROMs like Cyanogenmod count 2 activations I believe....

No, they do not. Google has stated several times they only count the activations per phone once. This comment comes up every time Google releases new activation figures.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2...-day-300m-total-devices-12m

http://www.androidguys.com/201.../android-activations-break/

I only list 5 devices activated with Google on My Account page in the android market. If every ROM I flashed was counted, I would have over 100 devices activated.

Edited by techbeck, Feb 27 2012, 10:54pm :

techbeck said,

No, they do not. Google has stated several times they only count the activations per phone once. This comment comes up every time Google releases new activation figures.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2...-day-300m-total-devices-12m

http://www.androidguys.com/201.../android-activations-break/

I only list 5 devices activated with Google on My Account page in the android market. If every ROM I flashed was counted, I would have over 100 devices activated.


Don't overthink it. The same phone can, in fact, count more than once. It's pretty easy, in fact. I know my one and only Epic 4G is six different devices on my Google Market account for whatever reason (I've used more than six different custom ROMs, so maybe it's kernel related--I don't pretend to understand).

So while it isn't EVERY new wipe and flash, there are undoubtedly certain types of flashes that make your device look new to Google.

And god help Amazon with their Appstore and Kindle apps that DO think EVERY single reinstall is a new device. I'm exhausted of going onto the site and deleting duplicates.

htcz said,

First, source?
Second and most important, ROMs like Cyanogenmod count 2 activations I believe....

You sir are ignorant. Instead asking for a source where is your so-called source?

UndergroundWire said,

You sir are ignorant. Instead asking for a source where is your so-called source?


Oh look, UW is picking another fight. Why do you constantly do that? A ridiculous amount of your posts are rude and confrontational. Have you ever considered just plain contributing to a conversation? Or do you just come here to insult people?

Joshie said,

Don't overthink it. The same phone can, in fact, count more than once. It's pretty easy, in fact. I know my one and only Epic 4G is six different devices on my Google Market account for whatever reason (I've used more than six different custom ROMs, so maybe it's kernel related--I don't pretend to understand).

So while it isn't EVERY new wipe and flash, there are undoubtedly certain types of flashes that make your device look new to Google.

And god help Amazon with their Appstore and Kindle apps that DO think EVERY single reinstall is a new device. I'm exhausted of going onto the site and deleting duplicates.

Provide proof or else its just a guess

vacs said,
Impressive, especially because Google doesn't count multiple activations on the same device.

I wonder if my Android x86 "eeePC" running in VirtualBox counts as an activation. It shows up on my Android device list in my Market account.

techbeck said,

Provide proof or else its just a guess


Proof of what? What I see on my own screen? I have ONE Epic 4G, and when I go onto the market, SIX Epic 4Gs are listed. Do you want a screenshot? And are you saying that a screenshot is all it will take for you to back down from something you seem to believe so strongly?

Nick Kessler said,

I wonder if my Android x86 "eeePC" running in VirtualBox counts as an activation. It shows up on my Android device list in my Market account.


It does. Every single device listed on the market counts as an activation. It's the easiest way to see how much you "count" to Google. Some people, however, seem to think you'd just be hallucinating.

Joshie said,

Proof of what? What I see on my own screen? I have ONE Epic 4G, and when I go onto the market, SIX Epic 4Gs are listed. Do you want a screenshot? And are you saying that a screenshot is all it will take for you to back down from something you seem to believe so strongly?

You have no proof to backup what you said. You claim that your phone shows up multiple times as all of mine only shows up once. If what you said is true, my Vibrant would show up over 100 times because that's how often I flash/added a custom ROM to the thing. And to go one step further, I reflashed my Vibrant again a few minutes ago and guess what, it only shows up once.

I posted links and info to give a plausible explanation of what could be happening and how Google tracks activations....you gave nothing.

So Google must have some kind of unique way of Iding devices or else there would be a heck of a lot more activations per day than 850k. I highly doubt Google is dumb enough to be counting multiple activations from custom roms especially since this question has been raised everytime they release new figures. Google is well aware of what a custom ROM is and what it does to phone activations.

Until Google releases how they track phone activations, then this will always be topic of discussion. I do know that they don't recount an activation if you sell your phone or reset your phone. I do know that when you reset your phone, you have to reactivate it tho. So if Google doesn't count re-activations, then they must have a unique way of identifying the phone. Flashing a custom ROM is just loading a edited version of the OS, resetting your phone, and causing you to activate the device again.

On the Market, it says my GNEX was lasted used on 2/28/2012. Vibrant 1/22/2012. Transformer doesnt show a last used date. So not sure if the Market is the way activations are tracked, but since I just used my Vibrant and Transformer and the Market hasnt updated the last used date, then i doubt this is how its tracked. Again, probably some unique way they ID devices and this was just one of a few different explanations.

I do know the device has to have Google Services installed since devices like the Kindle Fire are not included in the activations. If a new ROM is applied with Google Services added, then I am not sure if it will count as an activation. But with devices not counted with an untouched Kindle Fire anyway, then the numbers are not really skewed anyway regardless if it counts as an activation or not.

If I were to guess, they probably use the S/N of the device to count the activations.

Edited by techbeck, Feb 28 2012, 7:00am :

techbeck said,

No, they do not. Google has stated several times they only count the activations per phone once. This comment comes up every time Google releases new activation figures.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2...-day-300m-total-devices-12m

http://www.androidguys.com/201.../android-activations-break/

I only list 5 devices activated with Google on My Account page in the android market. If every ROM I flashed was counted, I would have over 100 devices activated.

This is great and impressive. I also flashed about 3-4 roms on my device and in the forums i see guys flashing every single day! But with this news i feel a lot better that the stats are accurate and real.

Joshie said,

Oh look, UW is picking another fight. Why do you constantly do that? A ridiculous amount of your posts are rude and confrontational. Have you ever considered just plain contributing to a conversation? Or do you just come here to insult people?

Because it makes you mad. Which makes me happy. Guess what, YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT UT. Besides, it was an ignorant comment. It has been said a million times before. Flashing does not equal a new activation. Yet ignorant people tend to repeat it. And there are a lot of ignorant people on this site. So excuse me, I don't have time to be nice to you or anyone else. You mean nothing to me and the way I talk to you does not affect me what so ever.

Does that answer your comment?

Edited by UndergroundWire, Feb 28 2012, 11:07am :

They also mentioned that they have sold 12 million tablets, which given the number of phones out there is quite frankly crap. I cant help but feel that they are going to get steamrolled in that space by W8, while maintaining their monopoly in the phone sector.

mattacular said,
They also mentioned that they have sold 12 million tablets, which given the number of phones out there is quite frankly crap. I cant help but feel that they are going to get steamrolled in that space by W8, while maintaining their monopoly in the phone sector.

They dont have a monopoly in phones. And W8 has yet to be seen. I hope MS does better with WP7 and Win8 since a little more competition is a good thing. But so far, Win8 isnt released and WP7 has not made a significant dent in the market share.

Android now has 40% of the tablet market by some accounts. That's a significant amount for the time they have been available. The more competition the better. Having Apple dominate a sector is bad news for everyone, including apple users, due to the higher prices.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16736609


Apple shipped 15.4 million iPads between October and December. That compares with shipments of 10.5 million tablets using Android.

That was from 26 January 2012.

Edited by simplezz, Feb 27 2012, 7:40pm :

techbeck said,

They dont have a monopoly in phones. And W8 has yet to be seen. I hope MS does better with WP7 and Win8 since a little more competition is a good thing. But so far, Win8 isnt released and WP7 has not made a significant dent in the market share.


Well my comment was not mean to be taken literally, but with 300 million devices they are not far off. As for android tablets yes they may have sold 12 million and yes that may be 40% of the market or whatever but that is only because they currently provide the only alternative to the ipad. I have yet to come across anyone who owns one or even anyone who even wants one, and I believe they are unlikely to gain significant traction. I think that although MS is fighting a losing battle in the phone space they are well poised to garner the tablet space.

mattacular said,
As for android tablets yes they may have sold 12 million and yes that may be 40% of the market or whatever but that is only because they currently provide the only alternative to the ipad. I have yet to come across anyone who owns one or even anyone who even wants one, and I believe they are unlikely to gain significant traction.
You're fighting a fact with an anecdote? Why would you even compare the number of phones to tablets in the first place? They have different purposes.

Kirkburn said,
You're fighting a fact with an anecdote? Why would you even compare the number of phones to tablets in the first place? They have different purposes.

Do they have that different a purpose nowadays? Just look at the way the phone size screens are getting bigger and bigger. If anything the two are starting to converge more and more. I also wonder where this 12 million number comes from as I have yet to come across anyone with an android tablet either. Do they include Kindle Fire?

mattacular said,
They also mentioned that they have sold 12 million tablets, which given the number of phones out there is quite frankly crap. I cant help but feel that they are going to get steamrolled in that space by W8, while maintaining their monopoly in the phone sector.

LMAO, thanks for that. But seriously, stop stealing jokes. Someone on this forum last year said the same joke but they said Windows Phone 7. Not cool to steal jokes bro. Don't get me wrong I still laughed, hard.

the better twin said,
Do they have that different a purpose nowadays? Just look at the way the phone size screens are getting bigger and bigger. If anything the two are starting to converge more and more.
I certainly agree there is more and more of a grey area between them ... but I still certainly wouldn't classify them the same, or expect them to get equal levels of sales. But generally speaking: 'everyone' needs a mobile (to be directly contacted), not everyone needs a tablet (cause they have other computers).

drazgoosh said,

Thank you Captain Obvious.


amazing how people(drazgoosh) troll just because they didn't like the news.

techbeck said,
Nice. A few months ago it was around 700k.
I think he was saying that because the very first sentence of the article stated that very fact .

M4x1mus said,
I think he was saying that because the very first sentence of the article stated that very fact .

At least some understand