Google by the numbers: 1 billion active Android users

Google is a massive company and its Android platform has grown significantly year over year. At its IO conference this year, the company talked about its user base, and mentioned that it is now measuring Android use with a 30-day time window. As of the time of the conference, in the past 30 days, there were over 1 billion Android users.

That is a huge user base that is clearly attractive for developers to target. But what might be more surprising - given that many assume that almost all Android users are on smartphones - is that Google is making serious inroads in the tablet space too. According to their keynote, they say that they have taken 62% of the tablet usage share as well.

This means is that Android is winning not only in the smartphone market but in tablets as well. This clearly establishes Google's mobile ecosystem as the one to beat.

One of the more interesting statistics is that Android users, across the globe, collectively check their devices 100 billion times every day. That's a massive time-sink for the global population but shows that we are addicted to our mobile devices.

And while you are starring at your phone, you might as well take a selfie, right? According to Google, 93 million selfies are taken each day with an Android device.

You can check out the rest of the statistics in the gallery below but what it all adds up to is that Google is massive. Its Android platform is a truly global force in the smartphone and tablet space and shows no signs of slowing down.

Images via Google IO live stream

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I don't think they need to "spy" on user phones to know how many android users are out there.
After all android phones that are installed with google apps which will just login to google and leave a footprint, something like "device type= android 4.x.x", or alike.
Same way Neowin can extract a report of their http server and know what browsers in % users are using.
But yeah, they can also spy, why not? :p

We already knew the userbase was huge. What's more impressive is the other stats. Going from 39% to 62% tablet market share in two years is astounding. Even more so when you consider that the market itself is growing rapidly.

The majority of the phones are slow, laggy and run out-dated versions that are still vulnurable to widely known security flaws.
OEMs don't give a crap and Google doesn't do anything about it. They just hand that ###### out and customers get crappy devices with crappy out-dated OS.

The fact that they know how many pics their camera's are taking... I just almost tossed my Android Tablet out the window...I don't think it's anyone elses business how many selfies I shoot.

NastySasquatch said,
The fact that they know how many pics their camera's are taking... I just almost tossed my Android Tablet out the window...I don't think it's anyone elses business how many selfies I shoot.

Just makes you wonder what else they are collecting, doesn't it?

More than likely a survey Google did. I highly doubt Google is peering in on users devices and seeing what they are doing. If so, there would be a huge backlash right after they announced this.

How many users on the latest version of android? The number means nothing. There are probable a billion windows installation also.

Melfster said,
How many users on the latest version of android? The number means nothing. There are probable a billion windows installation also.

Windows has been around for over three decades. The real measurement is how many devices are shipped per year. And in that metric, Android blows Windows out of the water. Microsoft sells approx 300 million a year, while Android sells over 800 million. That puts things into context. That doesn't include things like Google's ChromeOS either which would bump it up even further.

In terms of versions, how many people are running Windows 8.1? 1-2%? if that? I'm willing to bet that a larger percentage use the latest Android than they do Windows. And don't forget, Android versions come out yearly.

"Microsoft sells approx 300 million a year, while Android sells over 800 million", and MS makes money out of all of the OEMs using Android... Yet Google does not!

VHMP01 said,
and MS makes money out of all of the OEMs using Android... Yet Google does not!

Microsoft is making enemies of the same OEM's it wants to push its own platform by forcing them into unfavourable patent extortion agreements. Not a smart move. That's why no one will give Microsoft the time of day and why its platform is all but dead. Google couldn't care less, it doesn't make money on device sales, it makes it on people using its services and adverts.

simplezz said,

Microsoft is making enemies of the same OEM's it wants to push its own platform by forcing them into unfavourable patent extortion agreements. Not a smart move. That's why no one will give Microsoft the time of day and why its platform is all but dead. Google couldn't care less, it doesn't make money on device sales, it makes it on people using its services and adverts.

Love this comment but not at all true. Take this FPN from april: http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...-windows-phone-oem-partners. 11 OEM partners now committed to making WP8.1 devices. Microsoft is securely in the #3 eco system spot. Granted that Android and iOS are very far ahead but MS is doing just fine.

#Michael said,

Love this comment but not at all true. Take this FPN from april: http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...-windows-phone-oem-partners. 11 OEM partners now committed to making WP8.1 devices.

Most of the companies listed there are unknown brands. Probably located in India or China. And even known ones like LG have stated, that while they joined as partners, they have no intention of releasing a Windows Phone in the near future. So all in all, that means absolutely nothing. I have no doubt some companies will take Microsoft's money (yes, Microsoft is paying OEM's to build devices now) and make a token device. But that's where it will end. They won't commit serious resources to a dying platform.

#Michael said,

Microsoft is securely in the #3 eco system spot. Granted that Android and iOS are very far ahead but MS is doing just fine.

LOL. Securely at 3% marketshare. Come on, even you can't take that claim seriously can you? Windows Phone is no more #3 than Blackberry, Firefox OS, Bada, Jolla, Tizen, and a host of others. There's hardly anything between them. I'd be more inclined to say that Blackberry, Firefox, Ubuntu are more worthy competitors than Microsoft's effort. At least Blackberry can run Android apps.

techbeck said,
Users check their own devices 100b times a day. This isnt Google checking users phones.

And how exactly do they know that? I haven't seen any survey on my phones nor tablet...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
100b times phones are checked? Spy much?

Wonder exactly what all they are collecting from the phones.

its prolly something inaccurate like how many times the sleep button is pressed. this stuff they can probably just find out within the sdk?

Then how did they get the info? They spied on every users phone like all the anti Google people would like to believe?

This anti whatever company is getting really tiresome. Google gets caught "accidentally" taking wifi info from users and thats all anyone can talk about. It is found out that MS spied and read a users email but no one talks about that and MS is still the good guy.

techbeck said,
Then how did they get the info? They spied on every users phone like all the anti Google people would like to believe?

This anti whatever company is getting really tiresome. Google gets caught "accidentally" taking wifi info from users and thats all anyone can talk about. It is found out that MS spied and read a users email but no one talks about that and MS is still the good guy.

Nobody brought Microsoft into this. They admitted to reading email from one user. Google snooping through wifi of many people. And the whole "accidentally" thing reeks of corporate lies. Google has the worst anti privacy history of all companies. Doesn't help when their main business is advertising and selected ads. They are in the business of collecting users data.

suprNOVA said,
its prolly something inaccurate like how many times the sleep button is pressed. this stuff they can probably just find out within the sdk?

It doesnt matter how they found it. It is non of their effin business how many time I do something with my phone.

Techbeck - please, do show me the survey or ANYONE even mentioning it anywhere.

also, anti-company? Really? I own an LG G2 and an Xperia ZL + an andorid tablet. Yeah, Im soooo anti google.

Please tell me how else they would get this info if not for a survey? And if anyone else thinks it is non of their business, then they will probably not give up that info.

techbeck said,
Please tell me how else they would get this info if not for a survey? And if anyone else thinks it is non of their business, then they will probably not give up that info.

Oh right, because I have so much control over it right?

Everything else on those slides is taken directly from an app or the system (like new app installs, steps taken) and all of the sudden that was from a survey? Jesus, use logical thinking for once huh?

Even if this "was an survey" how many of us actually know how many times you check your phone a day? I sure as hell dont. Never even counted it.

Google is known for their snooping and data grabbing but this..this is way out of line.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Oh right, because I have so much control over it right?

Why wouldnt you? You get asked a question, its your option to answer or not.


Everything else on those slides is taken directly from an app or the system (like new app installs, steps taken) and all of the sudden that was from a survey? Jesus, use logical thinking for once huh?

More likely a survey that Google peering in to see what you are doing.


Even if this "was an survey" how many of us actually know how many times you check your phone a day? I sure as hell dont. Never even counted it.

I check mine several times an hour. People check their phones a lot even if it is to just check the time.

Google is known for their snooping and data grabbing but this..this is way out of line.

They got caught snooping WiFi. They publically announced what they were doing searchng emails for ads. They have not be caught taking any other info. If Google was really snooping like this, it would have been found out by now and there would be huge backlash from users and governments.

Still waiting on confirmation that Google snooped/spied to gather. Anything...?

It was my guess that a survey was done . It was merely my opinion and the most likely scenario.

techbeck said,
Still waiting on confirmation that Google snooped/spied to gather. Anything...?

It was my guess that a survey was done . It was merely my opinion and the most likely scenario.

We're still waiting for confirmation that Google didn't snoop/spy on android users...

My guess, given Google's shady past with privacy, is that they used data directly from people's phones.

stevan said,

We're still waiting for confirmation that Google didn't snoop/spy on android users...

My guess, given Google's shady past with privacy, is that they used data directly from people's phones.

Right, then I am going to assume that MS is looking at my emails since hey, they have been caught doing it before.

techbeck said,

Right, then I am going to assume that MS is looking at my emails since hey, they have been caught doing it before.

Absolutely. I have always assumed it. I believe all companies are collecting data from their device in one way or another. However, this article is about Google...

it might be related to their google services and the terms and conditions. when u sign in with a Goog account it can take certain information about your devices that can be used to promote the company. this was probably one of them. everything is pretty much licensed out to us and not ours ours. it sucks.

techbeck said,
Then how did they get the info? They spied on every users phone like all the anti Google people would like to believe?

This anti whatever company is getting really tiresome. Google gets caught "accidentally" taking wifi info from users and thats all anyone can talk about. It is found out that MS spied and read a users email but no one talks about that and MS is still the good guy.

I dont think anyone made MS to be the good guy and they obviously didnt want a huge backlash to happen so they changed their terms and whatnot. And I dont like what they did.

But the fact is Google, knowing it or not, acquired many wifi infos from users. Microsoft did open up users data but that user was also stealing from them. I dont say what Microsoft did was right but they were right about the stealing part.

techbeck said,
Still waiting on confirmation that Google snooped/spied to gather. Anything...?

It was my guess that a survey was done . It was merely my opinion and the most likely scenario.

Does Android have an opt in anonymous telemetry/use feedback program? I know Windows has something like that but you have to register for it. So maybe Google got their figure by extrapolating a population sample from something similar? That's just my guess.

Enron said,

Does Android have an opt in anonymous telemetry/use feedback program? I know Windows has something like that but you have to register for it. So maybe Google got their figure by extrapolating a population sample from something similar? That's just my guess.

I am not sure. Good thought though. :)

I guess apple and google both want to out-slide show each other instead of solving actual problems. android's fragmentation and poor experience in most of these 1 billion devices, and apple in figuring out how to get to that 1 billion with their ecosystem.

more importantly, given this usage base, it seems google has thus far paid the price for free android and completely failed to monetize it the way apple has.

so that is a lot of users, ok, not clear how, if in any way, they will translate into anything more than slide-show material.

You know ads right? Google business model? 1B means lots of ads paid by sponsors! Go tell Apple to still sell outdated hardware!

neonspark said,
poor experience in most of these 1 billion devices

I've had nothing but a great experience with my Note II.

bithush said,
That is a pretty insane number of users. That is a seventh of the whole worlds population. WTF!

And Google is monitoring them... I am not happy that Google knows how many times I check my phone ?? What else does it collect from my device ??