Google now activating 500,000 Android devices every day

June 28, 2011

Google would appear to have hit the half a million milestone when it comes to the number of Android devices which are being activated every day.

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile, announced this fact on Twitter just over an hour ago, where he posted: “There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w.”

The 4.4% figure refers to the week-on-week growth, and shows the extremely swift pace of Android sales at the moment.

At the start of May, Google mentioned 400,000 activations was the magic number, and Rubin last tweeted about activations back in December 2010, when 300,000 Androids were going live every day.

So there does seem to have been a big jump across the last two months, with 100,000 piled on to the figure, whereas previously it took four months to increase from 300,000 to 400,000.

Of course, all the recent Android tablets which have been launched will certainly have helped boost these totals, such as those from Motorola, Samsung, Asus, HTC and others.

However, Steve Jobs, head honcho at big smartphone rival Apple, has previously cast some doubt on Google’s Android activation figures.

When Google’s CEO revealed the company had hit 200,000 activations last August, Jobs had a sly dig about whether certain companies might be counting upgrades in their numbers (as opposed to new sales).

There can be no arguing about Android’s explosive popularity over the last year, however. Last month, Google announced that there were over 100 million Android devices across the globe.


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