Google activating 700k Android smartphones every day

By on December 22, 2011
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Double the activations since February.

Google’s platform chief, Andy Rubin, made a post on his Google+ profile that there are 700,000 Android smartphones being activated everyday.

That’s a ridiculously large number, especially considering that just in Feb Eric Schmidt reported the daily activation number as 350k. In July this figure jumped to 500k activations every day.  In a mere 10 months the number of Android devices being activated daily has literally doubled. But what exactly does activation of an Android handset mean?

For those inquiring minds Andy wrote, ”…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.


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  • Magnus Nystedt

    Pretty amazing number.

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