Google's Eric Schmidt: 1.5 million Android activations per day

In September, Google chairman Eric Schmidt stated that the company was seeing 1.3 million activations of new Android products per day. Today, Schmidt stated that activation number has now gone up to 1.5 million new Android devices per day.

Lots and lots of people activate new Android phones every day.

Schmidt's comments, as reported by Engadget, came as part of his Q&A at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City today. He added that Google is currently on track to see a worldwide total of one billion Android-based device activations by the end of 2013.

The vast majority of those new devices have come from third party smartphone and tablet makers. While Google has made in-roads in the hardware business with its Nexus 4 smartphone, its Nexus 7 and 10 tablets, and the purchase of Motorola Mobility, sales of its own hardware have yet to reach those of Samsung, LG and others.

However, Schmidt told the crowd today at the conference that big things are coming from Google's Motorola division. AllThingsD.com quotes him as saying, "They have a new set of products, which are phenomenal ... Very, very impressive."  He added that the new Motorola handsets should be thought of as "phones-plus."

Schmidt also says that it's a normal sight to see Google team members walking around the company's campus wearing Google Glass devices. He also commented on some efforts to ban the use of Google Glass in some locations, saying, "I always love people who ban things they’ve never even seen."

Source: Engadget
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Tracking activations makes no sense, the carriers don't sell that many phones, the devices aren't statically relevant for web traffic.. what/where do these come from?

A billion activations a day by years end? really? only 7 billion people on the planet and most are too young or too old to give a crap or make so little money/income that a cell phone / tablet isn't a concern to their wellbeing.

And once you put some common sense to it, you figure out that's not unrealistic like you are trying to make it out to be. People upgrade their phones every two years at a minimum, not to mention the accidents, losses, stolen devices, etc. So if 2 billion people over two years have to buy a new one, upgrade, or anything else, you now have a billion activated devices per year. This isn't counting new customers after all. It is counting new devices. If 1 billion people upgraded their phones, they would have 1 billion new devices on the network and 1 billion old devices off the network.

spudtrooper said,
A billion activations a day by years end?

He said Billion activations a yr... A day would be crazy. Where would we throw away all the ****ty Android phones?

I know a person who just got a droid tablet from toys R us for $45usd that counted as one activation see how that works. It's Bull&@&

TurboShrimp said,
I know a person who just got a droid tablet from toys R us for $45usd that counted as one activation see how that works. It's Bull&@&

Why is it BS?

techbeck said,

Why is it BS?


Because there's no bitten apple logo on it, that cost extra 400 dollars for some reason.

Pupik said,

Because there's no bitten apple logo on it, that cost extra 400 dollars for some reason.

You spelt common sense wrong.

whats an android activation? I don't think I have activated my android phone when I bought it, does buying an android phone counts as an activation lol..

RiverRaid said,
whats an android activation? I don't think I have activated my android phone when I bought it, does buying an android phone counts as an activation lol..

Activation is when you logon to the phone and connect it to a mobile network. It is then activated on that network. So, the first time you use an Android and connect to Verizon's network, the phone is activated.

I don't think that is the case. He says device activations, not cellular phones. This includes equipment that do not have a GSM antenna and do not connect to any carrier. This includes, cameras, e-readers and their ilk. Unsure how they know how many are real activations and how they track this stuff. I wish techbeck would elaborate.

oh ok that makes sense now, so I suppose wireless network providers share activations data with google then, does switching mobile networks acts as a new activation too?

RiverRaid said,
oh ok that makes sense now, so I suppose wireless network providers share activations data with google then, does switching mobile networks acts as a new activation too?

Your device is also logged on the Play Store when you connect so Google could be getting the info from there as well. And no, switching networks does not count as an additional activation. Google only counts each device once and each device has a unique number associated with it.

norseman said,
Not all devices has the Play store either...

So they are technically not activated and thus not counted. And 5m daily is way to high and there are far less devices without the Google services than there are with.

Devices without are Tablets/cameras and there are not many Android cameras and Google has not really made a huge dent in the Tablet market. Tablets are still dominated by Apple.

And the Kindle is not a crappy devices and one of the best selling Android tablets...Kindle's do not have the app store.

Obviously they are not telling the truth and the numbers are actually much lower, they are just saying this to make their numbers look better.

SoylentG said,
Obviously they are not telling the truth and the numbers are actually much lower, they are just saying this to make their numbers look better.

Really? Do you have proof to the contrary?

With all the cheap phones, and China, the numbers are feasible.

Oh, I am sorry. I forgot, this is Google not Microsoft. We are only permitted to claim that Microsoft is not telling the truth, demand Microsoft open their books so we can find the real number of copies of Win8 have been sold rather than their false numbers that they put out to deceive users and investors. Google is pure and clean and would never lie to us like that dastardly Microsoft.

techbeck said,
^
Thats what I thought.

Hey, if some are going to demand that Microsoft provide proof for their numbers, shouldn't we do it for all companies?

I like this idea. I would love to see some evidence. They are quick to go ape **** over Microsoft's numbers. A lot of Ellesworth Tooheys in this world nowadays.

SoylentG said,

Hey, if some are going to demand that Microsoft provide proof for their numbers, shouldn't we do it for all companies?

Mostly people question statements from 3rd parties (analysts/surveys) and want to hear directly from MS.

techbeck said,

I agree, why I want to hear directly from the source.

And when we hear from the source, when that source is Microsoft, then they are telling lies because supposedly nobody wants to use Win8. I have no reason to doubt Google, and I have no reason to doubt Microsoft. But around here, the word from Google is accepted without question, and the word from Microsoft is taken as full of lies. I am just asking that if we are to demand something from one company, then shouldn't we also demand if from another?

SoylentG said,

But around here, the word from Google is accepted without question, and the word from Microsoft is taken as full of lies.

Depends on the topic. Ive seen the opposite quite a few times as well.


I am just asking that if we are to demand something from one company, then shouldn't we also demand if from another?

I always do but cannot expect everyone to think the same way.

SoylentG said,
Oh, I am sorry. I forgot, this is Google not Microsoft. We are only permitted to claim that Microsoft is not telling the truth, demand Microsoft open their books so we can find the real number of copies of Win8 have been sold rather than their false numbers that they put out to deceive users and investors. Google is pure and clean and would never lie to us like that dastardly Microsoft.

Mind to post a link showing when MS stated the number of WP8 activated?
I might have missed it...

techbeck said,

I work from home a lot.

Which means you're actually -- not -- working from home ... since you're commenting on forums all day. I hope your employer isn't monitoring your activity through the VPN. Cheers!

Fritzly said,

Mind to post a link showing when MS stated the number of WP8 activated?
I might have missed it...
They haven't formally released numbers, which I suspect you knew otherwise you wouldn't have been so glib when requesting the link.

ahinson said,
Which means you're actually -- not -- working from home ... since you're commenting on forums all day. I hope your employer isn't monitoring your activity through the VPN. Cheers!

Why does that matter to you? When I work from home, I make my own hours.

techbeck said,
Why does that matter to you? When I work from home, I make my own hours.
I actually don't care. It was meant as a joke.

ahinson said,
They haven't formally released numbers, which I suspect you knew otherwise you wouldn't have been so glib when requesting the link.

That was my understanding but I do not assume to know everything.....
Try again Sam......

LookitsPuck said,
Wonder what that number would be without the Samsung devices.

More than WP ones without Nokia for sure...

techbeck said,

Yup, because he likes the physical KB.


Dat feel. It's the only reason I've still got a Droid 3.

Nice. And this is new devices and doesnt count flashing ROMs.

Also nice to see that there will be something coming from Motorola in the near future.

techbeck said,
Nice. And this is new devices and doesnt count flashing ROMs.

Also nice to see that there will be something coming from Motorola in the near future.


Just what I wanted to ask, because there were some days that I tried at least three roms before deciding on which to stay on... until the next one. And how do you know it's new devices only?

Pupik said,

Just what I wanted to ask, because there were some days that I tried at least three roms before deciding on which to stay on... until the next one. And how do you know it's new devices only?

Mobile devices have a serial number, the IMEI. most of the time this is used to stop cell phones being cloned. That, and wifi have MAC address that is typically not changed, as well as the CPU having it's own ID.

There are lots of ways for the OS to report back who it is.

It'd be nice to get a report on the devices that are activated, I wonder how many low end 'throw away' android phones are activated.

I have a few family members who've had pretty much every low end budget android phone going until they forked out and got a high end phone that they kept for much longer.

sagum said,

Mobile devices have a serial number, the IMEI. most of the time this is used to stop cell phones being cloned. That, and wifi have MAC address that is typically not changed, as well as the CPU having it's own ID.

There are lots of ways for the OS to report back who it is.


Not what I was asking about at all. I was looking for word from Google saying that they only count new devices, which techbeck linked. But hey, thanks for that unnecessary explanation anyway.

Pupik said,

But hey, thanks for that unnecessary explanation anyway.

He was expanding on what I linked to/said. Nothing wrong with his post.

You commented...

And how do you know it's new devices only?p

techbeck said,

He was expanding on what I linked to/said. Nothing wrong with his post.

So why quote me? I didn't ask how they know if the device is new.

Pupik said,

So why quote me? I didn't ask how they know if the device is new.

I was going to say something else and just forgot to remove that line. My apologies.

Pupik said,

So why quote me? I didn't ask how they know if the device is new.

Your use of English wasn't the best so I had to make some assumptions. I'm glad you found your answer.

sagum said,

Your use of English wasn't the best so I had to make some assumptions. I'm glad you found your answer.

What was wrong with my English ?

Pupik said,

What was wrong with my English ?

I hate explaining myself like this
While trying to help people, it's common for them to ask the wrong question for the answer they're looking for. A lot of the time, they'll start a question then finish it with a different one. I made an asssumtion based my experiance and your use of English in your post.

So here goes;

You said, "Just what I wanted to ask, because there were some days that I tried at least three roms before deciding on which to stay on... until the next one. And how do you know it's new devices only?"

Your lead in sentence suggested you were asking about the ROMs. You then started a new sentence with the use of the conjunction 'And' to link the two sentences.
- You probably wanted to use a new paragraph and omit the And.
At this point you failed to quantify what information you were seeking. For example, you could have asked for a citation of Google quoting it's only counting new devices.

Yet your reply lead the reader into a position where there was an open ended response required as a reply - As suggested by the OP's original response of:

"Google stated this....also, each device has a unique ID"
That containing your expected answer of a link to a site paraphrasing Google (that you accepted) and also an answer that I expanded on.
More evidence of this was proven later on when you replied to me saying "I was looking for word from Google saying that they only count new devices".

That's shows you knew what information you wanted, word from Google, and you were not actually looking for knowledge of what techbeck knew like you originally asked for.

I just tried to help you. If you don't find it useful, maybe some of the other member's of the neowin community do.