Android Hitting 700,000 New Activations Every Day

Andy Rubin of Google has announced that the search giant is hitting over 700,000 new Android activations per day.

Andy Rubin, a Senior Vice President at Google claimed the numbers on Google+ (natch). While detailing his point, he clarified that by activations company means newly sold devices that make the figure so massive:

and for those wondering, we count each device only once (i.e., we don’t count re-sold devices), and “activations” means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.

It is worth noting here that by new activation Google doesn’t essentially mean that Android is getting a new customer rather there are many users who might have upgraded or have a second device. However, the current figures are massive without any doubt. If we compare some previously announced figures with the current one, the difference will itself be cleared:

  • August 2010: 200,000 activations per day
  • June 2011: 500,000 activations per day
  • July 2011: 550,00 activations per day (130 million devices, 6 billion downloads to date)
  • October 2011: 576,900 activations per day, from May-October (190 million devices to date)

Interestingly, the figures are not just impressive for the Android-powered handset devices, but the Android app store, known as Android Market, has passed 10 billion downloads in the start of this month, with users averaging 53 apps per device, still 83 short of iPhone.

The growing user-base and usage of the Android-powered devices is what Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt hopes will help Android OS oust Apple’s iOS out as developers’ first choice. In one of his recent announcement, Eric Schmidt said that “he sees the change taking place within 6 months,” when Android could possibly be having over 1 million activations each day, if the current growth continues to prevail in the Android camp.

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