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700,000 Android Devices Activated Every Single Day

By - Source: Andy Rubin (G+) | B 47 comments

Google's Andy Rubin has revealed that the company is now seeing 700,000 Android activations per day. This is up from 550,000 per day in November.

Speaking at its Google Music event in November, Google revealed that it had just activated its 200 millionth Android device. Along with this impressive milestone, the company detailed that it was, at that point, activating 550,000 Android devices every single day. As 2011 draws to a close, Android's growth has not slowed. Andy Rubin this week revealed that the company is now up to 700,000 activations per day.

"There are now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day," Rubin said via his Google+ page, later adding, "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's not yet clear if this is the final update we'll see from Google for Android activations before 2012 rolls in. However, this, along with November's update, proves that Android adoption is still growing at an incredible pace. Google said last month that the second half of its 200 million activations took just six months to amass.

Google is currently celebrating the U.S. launch of its Galaxy Nexus smartphone, as well as the roll-out of Ice Cream Sandwich to Nexus S users.

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    digitalzom-b , December 22, 2011 1:18 PM
    So in 25 years, the entire world will have androids!

    /notconsideringgrowthcap,diversemarkets,newbornbabys(hardlyarestriction),populationincrease,poverty
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    jgutz2006 , December 22, 2011 1:36 PM
    700,000 activated, How many of those are upgrades, meaning that their other device deactivated or no longer in use? How bout those who switch from android to iphone (hahahaha, i just about fell off my chair laughing) but people could be switching to blackberry. Or do they actually take that into effect and the net gain is 700,000? That would be interesting but i think its simply new activations so not an accurate representation on how many people actually activate their first android device
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    john15v16 , December 22, 2011 1:37 PM
    Now that's what I'm talking about! Go GOOGLE!
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    joytech22 , December 22, 2011 1:49 PM
    I guess I'll be among that number this Saturday as I activate my nexus s
    Sweeeet.
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    digitalzom-b , December 22, 2011 2:07 PM
    joytech22I guess I'll be among that number this Saturday as I activate my nexus s Sweeeet.


    It's actually a Galaxy Coal.
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    burmese_dude , December 22, 2011 2:13 PM
    So that's what Steve Job saw by saying "O Wow, O Wow, O Wow."
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    house70 , December 22, 2011 2:19 PM
    I love my Nexus, but this whole activation thing seems like a "who's got it longest" contest. This information only reinforces the concept of widespread market penetration and the inevitable better support that comes with it. Other than that, I really don't care about the number itself. Good for Google and good for us, because it drives the industry forward.
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    BSMonitor , December 22, 2011 2:38 PM
    What % of these are the "free" phones with contract. The every day garbage phone that most consumers who drive the numbers "buy". All this is saying, is that the former bland Samsung or whomever's extremly basic OS is being replaced by Android. Cheers to reporting the obvious transition to a universal platform. 700,000 per day activate, 650,000 of which use the device to call and text. Which phones have been doing for a decade.
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    STravis , December 22, 2011 2:45 PM
    That's fantastic - and why exactly do I care? I thought the whole point of going Android was to exercise your choice / be different. Sounds more like a herd to me.
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    jacobdrj , December 22, 2011 2:51 PM
    I just activated an android device: Its using 2.2.
    My bro just activated his android device yesterday: It is using 2.3.
    I am sure a bunch of people are activating version 3 and soon will be activating version 4.

    I don't see how you can just make a blanket 'android activation' claim: We are all activating different versions, with vastly different capabilities!
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    subaru41 , December 22, 2011 2:51 PM
    That is a lot of people finally realizing how crappy and behind in technology Apple is. It looks like Steve Handjobs reign of terror and communism is starting to come to end. All Apple is up to now days is suing ever competitor in a last desperate attempt.
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    subaru41 , December 22, 2011 2:54 PM
    Apple is like a 2 year child who whines and sues when they don't get there way. I like how HTC fixes in a day and laughs it off, where apple spends millions of dollars on attorneys over something so stupid.

    It looks like Steve Handjobs reign of terror and communism is starting to come to end. Apple is suing ever competitor in a last desperate attempt to save there inferior phone, I mean iPhone.
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    back_by_demand , December 22, 2011 3:00 PM
    subaru41Apple is suing ever competitor in a last desperate attempt to save there inferior phone, I mean iPhone.

    That could actually work, the iNpherior, kinda catchy
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    igot1forya , December 22, 2011 3:16 PM
    What is sad is that there is NO way to deactivate the device once it's associated with your Google Account - Google Groups Complaint
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    del35 , December 22, 2011 3:30 PM
    That may be the case but the MSM keeps still bombarding the public with news about the crappy iPhone. This is a clear indication that those running the MSM are heavily invested in Apple stocks.
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    scuba dave , December 22, 2011 3:37 PM
    STravisThat's fantastic - and why exactly do I care? I thought the whole point of going Android was to exercise your choice / be different. Sounds more like a herd to me.


    BSMonitorWhat % of these are the "free" phones with contract. The every day garbage phone that most consumers who drive the numbers "buy". All this is saying, is that the former bland Samsung or whomever's extremly basic OS is being replaced by Android. Cheers to reporting the obvious transition to a universal platform. 700,000 per day activate, 650,000 of which use the device to call and text. Which phones have been doing for a decade.


    LOL! /applause
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    Kami3k , December 22, 2011 3:39 PM
    BSMonitorWhat % of these are the "free" phones with contract. The every day garbage phone that most consumers who drive the numbers "buy". All this is saying, is that the former bland Samsung or whomever's extremly basic OS is being replaced by Android. Cheers to reporting the obvious transition to a universal platform. 700,000 per day activate, 650,000 of which use the device to call and text. Which phones have been doing for a decade.


    Apple cultist is jealous, how cute!
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    tmshdw , December 22, 2011 3:40 PM
    subaru41That is a lot of people finally realizing how crappy and behind in technology Apple is. It looks like Steve Handjobs reign of terror and communism is starting to come to end. All Apple is up to now days is suing ever competitor in a last desperate attempt.


    No, it reinforces the mantra "if everyone likes it, it probably sucks".
    Best selling "beer": budweiser (i don't even consider this piss beer)
    most frequented resturant: Mcdonalds
    Most sold music star: brittny spears (or pick another sucky pop star)


    mediocrity sells to the masses!
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    back_by_demand , December 22, 2011 3:51 PM
    tmshdwNo, it reinforces the mantra "if everyone likes it, it probably sucks".Best selling "beer": budweiser (i don't even consider this piss beer)most frequented resturant: McdonaldsMost sold music star: brittny spears (or pick another sucky pop star)mediocrity sells to the masses!

    Fair play but sometimes mediocrity also fails to sell because it sucks ass so much, all these phones are good and technological marvels and the resepective fanbois from all camps decry their opponants as rubbish, there isn't a single player in the market that hasn't got millions of customers so they must ALL be doing something right
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    house70 , December 22, 2011 4:19 PM
    STravisThat's fantastic - and why exactly do I care? I thought the whole point of going Android was to exercise your choice / be different. Sounds more like a herd to me.

    That doesn't make any sense. If you walk in a cellular store you will notice the variety of different phones/models on the Android "shelf". Probably you never went there, instead you went for the huge variety on the Apple "shelf".
    Oh... about that.... what variety? You are just like another zebra in the pack, can't tell your iphone from your neighbor's.
    Besides, Android allows for levels of customization that iOS can not even dream of. Apple just now "invented" the notification bar (and a poor approach at that, no less, with less functionality than Android's version), by this time next year they will "invent" the widgets, then in another year or so they will "invent" launcher apps (that is, if they even make it that far).
    Yep, indeed Android looks all the same, whereas iOS allows infinite customization... /sarcasm.
    /troll feed
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