Android activations Stories June 28, 2011

This little factoid came an hour ago straight from the Android chief Andy Rubin, who tweeted:

There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w.

Compare that to some 210,000 daily activations for Apple stemming from the 19 million iPhones they sold in the last quarter. Google’s data point is a notable improvement over the 400,000 daily activations Google’s mobile chief Rubin reported last month at the Google I/O conference. Where are 100,000 additional devices being activated each day? Maybe China? Mobile handset base there grew to 910 million in May, a 1.08 percent and 14.35 percent sequential and annual increase, respectively. Many Android phones in China sell for less than $150, vendors like Arima Communications are promising sub-$100 handsets this summer and then there are really cheap Android knock-offs from white-label vendors.

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Android activations Stories May 10, 2011

From Google I/O 2011. A hundred million Android activations since Android’s debut. For comparison, Steve Jobs said at the iPad 2 unveiling in February that Apple sold the same amount of iPhones since the July 2007 launch. By last August there were 200,000 Android activations per day. In December, they exceeded 300,000 devices per day. Over 400,000 Android devices are now being activated every single day. Android Market has over 200,000 apps, half the App Store’s 400,000 count.

It took the Android ecosystem nine months to hit the first billion app download and five months for the second. They added one billion downloads in the last 60 days. There are 4,5 billion application installs from Android Market to date. Android today has more than 310 devices carried in more than 120 countries.

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