Google says 300,000 Android phones are activated every day

Darren Allan

December 9, 2010

Google has been informing the world at large about the quantity of Android smartphones the company is currently flogging.

Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering, let the latest global daily sales figures – well, activation figures – out of the bag on Twitter (as highlighted by Electronista).

Rubin tweeted: “There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day.” A man of many words, it’s only the third tweet he’s ever posted on the site.

Back in August, Google claimed it was seeing over 200,000 activations on a daily basis, a figure CEO Eric Schmidt was boasting about when he told Reuters that mobile ad revenue would eventually outstrip the money Google rakes in from PC advertising.

An increase of 50% in terms of activations in four months does seem like a lot, however. And it’ll probably have Steve Jobs spluttering into his coffee – he doubted the August estimate, with a sly jibe that some firms might be counting upgrades in their numbers.

Although whatever figures you look at, it’s clear that Android has had an explosive rise in popularity over the last year, and it doesn’t look like losing momentum any time soon.

According to figures from Gartner last month, Android is now on one in four smartphones across the globe (as opposed to a market share of 3.5% the previous year).


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