Over 900,000 Android devices now activated per day

In February during the World Mobile Congress, Google announced that 850,000 new Android-based devices were being activated every day. Now a new Twitter message from Android's leader Andy Rubin says that number continues to increase. He stated, " ... there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day."

Rubin also decided to debunk an Internet rumor that he was planning to leave Google to join a startup named Cloudcar in his Twitter message. He also took to his Google+ account to give more information, saying:

How a rumor gets factualized: Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos.  Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson's company: www.reveltouch.com) is another cool company that shares this space.  I'm not joining either one and I don't have any plans to leave Google.  See you on the 27th!

The date in his message refers to the Google IO conference which will be held in San Fransisco from June 27th-29th. The event is likely to reveal more information about what Google has in mind for the future of the Android mobile OS. There are rumors that the event could be the place where the company could show off its own branded Nexus tablet device.

Source: Twitter and Google+

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Good news. Android, one of the best things that has happened in computing as of late. Anybody can pick up the source code and modify it to their hearts content. I don't need to worry about backward engineering the OS to provide app support if, or when the main sponsor either does something stupid or pulls out. Also, I know exactly what instructions are being executed on my hardware. Bog off both WP and iOS. Let the software Monopolies that control the ecosystem die already.

That's really a good point most users don't even consider and probably should. The simple fact that an OS opens itself up or not speaks volumes about what it is and where it's going and it will affect everyone that uses them down the road.

From a user's standpoint, what the hell is the big difference between OS's anyway? It connects, CHECK, it runs my apps, CHECK so now it boils down to performance and visuals. Phones with good hardware have good performance, CHECK. So we're left with menu screens, options etc. Android, IOS and WP all have strengths and weaknesses but basically do all the same things do they not?. So does a typical user care at all? NO and if they do, there's an app for that :-)

Hahaiah said,
From a user's standpoint, what the hell is the big difference between OS's anyway? It connects, CHECK, it runs my apps, CHECK so now it boils down to performance and visuals. Phones with good hardware have good performance, CHECK. So we're left with menu screens, options etc. Android, IOS and WP all have strengths and weaknesses but basically do all the same things do they not?. So does a typical user care at all? NO and if they do, there's an app for that :-)

people are sheep.

Hahaiah said,
From a user's standpoint, what the hell is the big difference between OS's anyway? It connects, CHECK, it runs my apps, CHECK so now it boils down to performance and visuals. Phones with good hardware have good performance, CHECK. So we're left with menu screens, options etc. Android, IOS and WP all have strengths and weaknesses but basically do all the same things do they not?. So does a typical user care at all? NO and if they do, there's an app for that :-)

virtually nobody picks android. consumers just buy a phone that looks nice and if it comes with android then that's what they get. the only people looking into the OS are geeks that don't have anything better to do. normal people couldn't care less.

neonspark said,

virtually nobody picks android. consumers just buy a phone that looks nice and if it comes with android then that's what they get. the only people looking into the OS are geeks that don't have anything better to do. normal people couldn't care less.

virtually nobody picks WP. consumers just buy a phone that looks nice and if it comes with WP then that's what they get. the only people looking into the OS are fanboys on this site that don't have anything better to do. normal people couldn't care less.

There. Now that has a lot more truth to it, don't it?

It is a nice number to throw out there but the choice of Android phones are overwhelming and the majority of Android phones are rubbish.

It would be nice to see more detailed stats.

The thing about Android is that it has all the multitasking features people would want, various apps and a huge number of settings. These allow the user to customise their phone the way they want it; much more so than iOS and WP.

drazgoosh said,
The thing about Android is that it has all the multitasking features people would want, various apps and a huge number of settings. These allow the user to customise their phone the way they want it; much more so than iOS and WP.

no, people don't want android. people buy a phone and COMES with android. much in the same way they buy a PC and COMES with windows. Virtually nobody CHOOSES android.

What the hell are you on about? Most people I know CHOSE Android. They saw people with Android phones and preferred them to iPhones and other Windows Phones. The majority of my relatives go for phones because they have Android, not because their phone comes pre-installed with it. My parents have decided to stick with Android for their phone upgrades coming up. They've tested out the iPhone and I have even tried to convince them to check out the Lumia 900. Yet overall they prefer Android phones and have chosen between the Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X.

neonspark said,

no, people don't want android. people buy a phone and COMES with android. much in the same way they buy a PC and COMES with windows. Virtually nobody CHOOSES android.

So I bought a car that just happened to be black? I didn't choose that color, it just happened upon me, right? Your logic is highly flawed and I suggest you go get some sunshine.

Most people buy a PC and WANT Windows on it. If PC's were sold without an OS, what do you think people would do? Request Windows be installed on it is what they would do. In fact most people ask if a the PC they are buying has Windows on it or if it can/will be installed.

neonspark said,

no, people don't want android. people buy a phone and COMES with android. much in the same way they buy a PC and COMES with windows. Virtually nobody CHOOSES android.


You must be really tired after asking everyone who has bought a phone or a PC to fill in your survey.
If your so butt-hurt then go sit on a bag of frozen peas instead of making yourself look foolish.

Enron said,
Not bad, so Microsoft gets about $5 million a day from Android sales.

Yup, Android will support Windows Phone development. Microsoft will try, try, try, try and try. Let's see if it can break that pesky two digit market share barrier. LOL

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

Yup, Android will support Windows Phone development. Microsoft will try, try, try, try and try. Let's see if it can break that pesky two digit market share barrier. LOL

they will. android has only one way to go: down.

neonspark said,

they will. android has only one way to go: down.

That's what some joker said when they 700K daily activation. Will see what the numbers are in a couple of months then won't we.

Not really surprising since the phone market is littered with everything from really nice Samsung phones to piles of junk running severely outdated versions.

It doesn't really prove anything except that they won the quantity battle.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Not really surprising since the phone market is littered with everything from really nice Samsung phones to piles of junk running severely outdated versions.

It doesn't really prove anything except that they won the quantity battle.

By winning the quantity battle means manufacturers are making money. That's a battle I want to win.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Not really surprising since the phone market is littered with everything from really nice Samsung phones to piles of junk running severely outdated versions.

It doesn't really prove anything except that they won the quantity battle.

Why I would like to see the break down of activations per device and what percentage or cheap/low end phones and what percentage are high end.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

By winning the quantity battle means manufacturers are making money. That's a battle I want to win.


Manufacturers win, but I think the Users lose.
(p.s. you're the first guy i've heard of that actually wants your manufacturer to win)

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

By winning the quantity battle means manufacturers are making money. That's a battle I want to win.

they always have. they don't need android to do so and they will inevitably do what amazon did and fragment it further.

sanctified said,
This accounts for those phones that active multiple times due cooked roms?

Upgrades and custom roms are not included in these figures.

sanctified said,
This accounts for those phones that active multiple times due cooked roms?

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it".

No, it counts unique devices.

sanctified said,
This accounts for those phones that active multiple times due cooked roms?

If that were the case, why is ICS so low compared to Gingerbread? I see more ROMs with ICS than Gingerbread. Stop spreading FUD. This is simply FALSE!

sanctified said,
This accounts for those phones that active multiple times due cooked roms?

Always at least one person to make this comment. Activations count ONCE per phone and flashing another ROM doesnt count as another activation.

techbeck said,

Always at least one person to make this comment. Activations count ONCE per phone and flashing another ROM doesnt count as another activation.

Not saying you're wrong but exactly how do the know this? What unique identifier are they using in order to filter the results down to only new devices? Phone number? IMEI (surely can't be since CDMA doesn't use IMEI), email. What?

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

If that were the case, why is ICS so low compared to Gingerbread? I see more ROMs with ICS than Gingerbread. Stop spreading FUD. This is simply FALSE!

How asking a question is spreading fud?

Miuku. said,
More activations in 3-4 days then Windows Phone has sold in total.

Pretty brutal.

We can also say more Android activation in a month than Windows Phone ever shipped.

Miuku. said,
More activations in 3-4 days then Windows Phone has sold in total.

Pretty brutal.

Yes you are correct, however android is still garbage. And in this case the good thing(WP) is losing out to a bad thing (android).

I understand why WP would be getting trounce but iOS, but android I don't get it.

gullygod said,

Yes you are correct, however android is still garbage. And in this case the good thing(WP) is losing out to a bad thing (android).

I understand why WP would be getting trounce but iOS, but android I don't get it.


Riveting tale, chap.

gullygod said,

Yes you are correct, however android is still garbage. And in this case the good thing(WP) is losing out to a bad thing (android).

I understand why WP would be getting trounce but iOS, but android I don't get it.

Just got my first android phone, and I'm in love, I don't see how anybody could not like it. I can't speak about WP or iOS, but so far I'm in love with my Samsgung Galaxy S-2.

Gerowen said,
Just got my first android phone, and I'm in love, I don't see how anybody could not like it.

Just my own opinion, but after two tablets and two phones I've had more than enough of it, moved on. I make up my own mind based on what works best for me, not blindly follow the numbers posted on random forums. Not saying it's garbage as it's not, but it's definitely not my favorite.

Coming from iOS to Android I think Android is poor in comparison. I mean it does what's needed but iOS is so much more polished. My wifes 3GS died so I paid £110 for a Nokia Lumia 710. For its price its a very nice phone. It does have some things I dislike. The front screen doesn't have a proper notification on it. I like to see what emails are in my inbox without having to go into the phone. I also noticed I spelt the Exchange server address wrong in an email account. The only option was to delete it and start again. No option to edit.

This is just my preference though, I am sure there are plenty of people who are ex-iOS and prefer Android!

Miuku. said,
More activations in 3-4 days then Windows Phone has sold in total.

Pretty brutal.

3-4 days? Ya might need to check that math, that is if we are to believe that Google is actually activating a million handsets a year. Maybe 11-14 days.

And, is it a surprise that an operating system with a two year headstart and serious carrier backing is ahead of an 18 month old OS that has had little carrier support?

SK[ said,] ...I like to see what emails are in my inbox without having to go into the phone...

You mean how many as in number or WHAT emails as in actually reading an email w/o opening the email client?

[quote=gullygod said,]

Maybe there are some users that likes to change his wallpaper or prefer a platform where WhatsApp works well.

Gerowen said,

Just got my first android phone, and I'm in love, I don't see how anybody could not like it. I can't speak about WP or iOS, but so far I'm in love with my Samsgung Galaxy S-2.

"Android Phones" [hardware] are the best on the market, especially the galaxy II and III and the HTC One series -- I would say even better than any iPhone and WP thus far -- however, the OS is not refine at all.

This why I don't use it or can't recommend it to anyone.

Congrats on your no phone, it is a sexy piece of hardware.

gullygod said,

"Android Phones" [hardware] are the best on the market, especially the galaxy II and III and the HTC One series -- I would say even better than any iPhone and WP thus far -- however, the OS is not refine at all.

This why I don't use it or can't recommend it to anyone.

Congrats on your no phone, it is a sexy piece of hardware.

Ive used all 3. I feel like im constantly being hit by a wall of limitations with iOS and WP. They lack so many features.

iOS's main advantage is the unified look of almost all of the apps, ill give them that.

Android is pure power, probably too much for some people maybe, but the OS is quite good.

All the hate these trolls have for android, it was probably over their
head.

Miuku. said,
More activations in 3-4 days then Windows Phone has sold in total.

Pretty brutal.

proves people buy trash phones without knowing what's in it.

gullygod said,

Yes you are correct, however android is still garbage. And in this case the good thing(WP) is losing out to a bad thing (android).

I understand why WP would be getting trounce but iOS, but android I don't get it.

Just wow. Spoken like a true butthurt WP fanboy.