Android activations reach 700,000 says Google


700,000 units of Android devices activated everyday? Sound unbelievable.

But this figure was shared by Andy Rubin, Google’s director for mobile platforms, on his Google+ website (under the name Bureau of Android Statistics).

Mr. Rubin also added that, “and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, 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.”

The figure doubled compared to Google’s report a year ago, when they said that 300,000 Android devices activated on a daily basis.

Apple doesn’t have such activation figures. But we should take a look at Apple’s iPad and iPhone sales daily. According to Apple’s last quarterly report, they are selling a combined 315,000 units from those two.

Android’s share of the market has been rising steadily. According to the NPD Group, Android accounts to 44% of smartphones in the U.S. (sales) in the third quarter. They jumped 11% from the second quarter. Apple on the other hand, flat-lined last quarter increasing its market share by only 1%. While RIM lagged behind continuing its free fall losing 6%.

Rubin’s Google+ account post is open to the public and comments are welcome. One user named Gaurang Dave wrote: “I too am an Android user and judge fan of the operating system… buy my only issue is the OS upgrade… I just bought a new device couple of months ago… an now am sure that there is no way I can update the OS… unless I root it and risk bricking my phone… Andy please fix this… and find a way so that users can easily upgrade their phones.”

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