Google Android Now on 135 Million Devices

Among the highlights was certainly Android, which is now said to be present on more than 135 million active devices. According to Google, 550,000 Androids are now activated every day and there have been more than 6 billion App downloads.

Google is categorizing Android as a "high consumer success" product, next to Chrome and YouTube. Page noted that Google is heavily investing in those segments to ensure their "long-term success." Android appears to be especially growing like a weed as the activation count was at just 500,000 per day a month ago and the total device count was at just 100 million two months ago. Google noted that more than 250,000 apps are now available for Android.

Page also briefly commented on the patent situation of Android and told investors that Google is building its defense against lawsuits. "Obviously we have a number of intellectual property patents in progress not just already issued." However, he deflected the question by an analyst, by simply adding more numbers explaining the success of Android: 400 different devices, 39 OEMs, 231 carriers in 123 countries: "And that velocity is only increasing. Despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things," Page said.

Of course, that may make Android an even more attractive patent suit target. According to Spencer Wang, an analyst with Credit Suisse, Google holds only about 650 patents in total, which less than the number of patents IBM gets approved every 2 months.

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  • Go Google! Wonder what Apples stats are?
  • Somewhere north of 225 million iOS devices and 16 billion apps. At their current rate of increase Android OS will probably catch up to iOS units by the end of the year or early next year depending on how Apples much sales continue to grow during the same time period.

    It's important to note that Googles numbers are all Android devices, from smartphone and feature phones, tablets, e-readers, printers, music players, automobile information centers, etc. Every last thing Android gets put on. All those things are at 135 million units combined.

    Apple has the smartphone, touch music player, tablet and apple tv in their 225+ million units

    Google might sell 35-40 million units this quarter compared to Apples 25 million units but they really only gain on Apple by 15-20 million units per quarter currently so it takes awhile for them to come even and then pull ahead.
  • Just to throw a snide comment out there (and probably get downrated massively) but notice how all the Google successes listed are now purely Google products; they were either bought out or have significant contributions from an external company.