Jun 28 AT 8:55 AM Alberto Vildosola 17 Comments

Google now activating 500,000 Android devices every day; roughly 600,000/day expected next month

Android is growing at an amazing pace. Google knows it, competitors know it and patent trolls know it. But just in case we’ve forgotten, Chief Android Andy Rubin took to Twitter this morning to remind us just how fast the platform is expanding.

Google likes to measure Android’s growth by looking at how many devices they activate every day. The oldest piece of statistics we have about Android’s daily activations goes back to May of 2009. During that time, Google was activating 30,000 devices per day. A year later that number was 100,000. Then in August of last year, daily activations grew to 200,000. Roughly four months later Android reached yet another milestone with 300,000 daily activations.

Finally last month at Google I/O, the company announced it was activating 400,000 devices every day and had a total of 100 million activations since the T-Mobile G1. Fast forward one month, and Google is now activating 500,000 devices per day. That comes to somewhere around 15 million devices activated every month. Put differently, Android adds the population of Niger to its army every month.

But that’s not the most interesting fact in Rubin’s tweet. The Android founder also said the number of daily activations is growing 4.4% every week. According to my trusty calculator, this means that Google will be activating around 600,000 devices per day a month from now. What used to take several months for Android to achieve now takes four weeks or less.

If Android manages to maintain this kind of growth, we could very well see its daily activations surpass 1 million by the end of the year. Think about that for a second. That’s 41,600 new Android recruits every hour, 694 every minute and 11 every second. That’s crazy talk.

Keep an eye out for another “daily activations” tweet from Andy Rubin about four weeks from today. Eventually we’ll just have to give up counting.

Source: Twitter

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website kerrhome

    We are an Android only family, but I did see a tweet from someone yesterday pointing to this article: http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/22/verizon-iphone-android/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl10|sec1_lnk3|73373 So, I wonder if the numbers pointed to in this article are just wrong or what. I assumed that when the iPhone came to Verizon that their numbers would go up too, but their comments about it taking from Android (or slowing Android down) seem incorrect then.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’ll credit him with being a prolific and attention getting writer, but don’t trust anything that MG Siegler has to say when Apple and/or Android is concerned.

      All that article actually shows is that when opening up to an entirely new set of 100,000,000 potential customers that the iPhone got a temporary boost. It’s a cute notion that their growth is going to continue, but he has nothing to back that up other than his rampant fanboyism.

      • http://Website kerrhome

        OK, I didn’t know the author’s rep, so thanks for clearing that up.

    • http://Website Martin Paul

      iPhone got a mild boost for about month or so on Verizon. . The number of iPhones sold on Verizon was 2.2 million in the first 2 months. That’s not that much compared to the nearly 15 million per month that all the Androids together are moving (if you believe the 500K/day)

      It’s funny how this is like politics, and that author is quite clearly a member of the Apple party. Listen to this part:

      “And guess what happens when the iPhone 5 does launch in the fall on both Verizon and AT&T? It’s going to be massive. So massive that I wouldn’t be surprised if the one device does actually reverse the Android’s march forward. At the very least, it will do so in the short term.

      Yes, one device on two carriers could well outsell dozens of devices on four carriers.”

      What the hell is that? He’s just making it up.

  • http://Website kerrhome

    Try this link instead: http://goo.gl/SIWUj

    • rond

      Looks like the authors quoted Android decline was short lived. 4.4% growth a week is hardly a decline.

  • http://gabesz89.com gabesz89

    Awsome growing, one app/11second.

  • http://Website thetruth

    Can someone clarify what an “activation” means. If i flash my brand new phone with cm7 does that count as a new activation. If I flash it back to a stock rom is that +1 activation. Large numbers are well and good but unless it is per person per phone I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Google clarified last year that these activation figures that they put out reflect only activations of new Market approved devices. So if you had to get a replacement phone that would be a new activation, but just flashing a rom doesn’t count for anything and if it did we would certainly be way over the million mark already.

      • Dave K

        Obviously some of the math needs to be adjusted, because there are always going to be people upgrading from one Android device to another and getting rid of their old phone. So the number of “new Android recruits every hour…” would need to be lowered. I have no idea what % of people that would apply to, but at some point, after a large number of Android users have had their current device for about 2 years, they’re going to toss their old device and get a new one and can’t be included as “new”.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Very true, but at this point those numbers would still be very low. Two years ago, the only phone on the market in the U.S. was the G1. Samsung launched the Galaxy in early summer two years back and HTC has the Magic.

          The growth rate for Android far outpaces the repurchasing numbers of current Androud users.

        • http://Website Lucian Armasu

          But Google is talking about “activations” or phone units here, not about “recruits”.But using that logic, it also means the iOS numbers for “recruits” are a lot smaller, too, because a lot of people have both an iPhone and an iPad.

  • http://Website Laser

    Mmmmh, Andy Bum Rubin is probably drunk again…

  • http://Website kausik

    thats good news but rate of increase in activations cannot be linear lol

  • http://Website kameron

    what wrong with this sentence using the word NIGER is not cool guys please read your typo

    Finally last month at Google I/O, the company announced it was activating 400,000 devices every day and had a total of 100 million activations since the T-Mobile G1. Fast forward one month, and Google is now activating 500,000 devices per day. That comes to somewhere around 15 million devices activated every month. Put differently, Android adds the population of Niger to its army every month.

    • rond

      Niger is a country. The following is an almost verbatium quote from wikipedia – Niger, officially named the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country’s predominantly Islamic population of just above 15,000,000 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation.

      Notice the 15,000,000 quoted population and the 15,000,000 Android activations as the author noted.

  • http://Website Ichigo

    That’s good news for Android. IOS is boring as hell and I think people like android OS because of it’s openess and customizations ect….

  1. kerrhomeGuest 4 years ago

    We are an Android only family, but I did see a tweet from someone yesterday pointing to this article: http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/22/verizon-iphone-android/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl10|sec1_lnk3|73373 So, I wonder if the numbers pointed to in this article are just wrong or what. I assumed that when the iPhone came to Verizon that their numbers would go up too, but their comments about it taking from Android (or slowing Android down) seem incorrect then.

    • I’ll credit him with being a prolific and attention getting writer, but don’t trust anything that MG Siegler has to say when Apple and/or Android is concerned.

      All that article actually shows is that when opening up to an entirely new set of 100,000,000 potential customers that the iPhone got a temporary boost. It’s a cute notion that their growth is going to continue, but he has nothing to back that up other than his rampant fanboyism.

    • Martin PaulGuest 4 years ago

      iPhone got a mild boost for about month or so on Verizon. . The number of iPhones sold on Verizon was 2.2 million in the first 2 months. That’s not that much compared to the nearly 15 million per month that all the Androids together are moving (if you believe the 500K/day)

      It’s funny how this is like politics, and that author is quite clearly a member of the Apple party. Listen to this part:

      “And guess what happens when the iPhone 5 does launch in the fall on both Verizon and AT&T? It’s going to be massive. So massive that I wouldn’t be surprised if the one device does actually reverse the Android’s march forward. At the very least, it will do so in the short term.

      Yes, one device on two carriers could well outsell dozens of devices on four carriers.”

      What the hell is that? He’s just making it up.

  2. kerrhomeGuest 4 years ago

    Try this link instead: http://goo.gl/SIWUj

  3. gabesz89Guest 4 years ago

    Awsome growing, one app/11second.

  4. thetruthGuest 4 years ago

    Can someone clarify what an “activation” means. If i flash my brand new phone with cm7 does that count as a new activation. If I flash it back to a stock rom is that +1 activation. Large numbers are well and good but unless it is per person per phone I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • Google clarified last year that these activation figures that they put out reflect only activations of new Market approved devices. So if you had to get a replacement phone that would be a new activation, but just flashing a rom doesn’t count for anything and if it did we would certainly be way over the million mark already.

      • Obviously some of the math needs to be adjusted, because there are always going to be people upgrading from one Android device to another and getting rid of their old phone. So the number of “new Android recruits every hour…” would need to be lowered. I have no idea what % of people that would apply to, but at some point, after a large number of Android users have had their current device for about 2 years, they’re going to toss their old device and get a new one and can’t be included as “new”.

        • Very true, but at this point those numbers would still be very low. Two years ago, the only phone on the market in the U.S. was the G1. Samsung launched the Galaxy in early summer two years back and HTC has the Magic.

          The growth rate for Android far outpaces the repurchasing numbers of current Androud users.

        • Lucian ArmasuGuest 4 years ago

          But Google is talking about “activations” or phone units here, not about “recruits”.But using that logic, it also means the iOS numbers for “recruits” are a lot smaller, too, because a lot of people have both an iPhone and an iPad.

  5. LaserGuest 4 years ago

    Mmmmh, Andy Bum Rubin is probably drunk again…

  6. kausikGuest 4 years ago

    thats good news but rate of increase in activations cannot be linear lol

  7. kameronGuest 4 years ago

    what wrong with this sentence using the word NIGER is not cool guys please read your typo

    Finally last month at Google I/O, the company announced it was activating 400,000 devices every day and had a total of 100 million activations since the T-Mobile G1. Fast forward one month, and Google is now activating 500,000 devices per day. That comes to somewhere around 15 million devices activated every month. Put differently, Android adds the population of Niger to its army every month.

    • Niger is a country. The following is an almost verbatium quote from wikipedia – Niger, officially named the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country’s predominantly Islamic population of just above 15,000,000 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation.

      Notice the 15,000,000 quoted population and the 15,000,000 Android activations as the author noted.

  8. IchigoGuest 4 years ago

    That’s good news for Android. IOS is boring as hell and I think people like android OS because of it’s openess and customizations ect….