During Google’s big music event today, Google’s director of digital content for Android Jamie Rosenberg was eager to share the latest numbers on the amount of activated Android devices around the world, as well as how many are activated each and every day.
Back in May of this year, the official number of activated Android devices was 100 million. Now, just six months later, that number has doubled to 200 million. An astonishing 550,000 devices are activated every single day. For a platform that’s only been around for three years now, those numbers are impressive to say the least. And just to put them into perspective, as of this October, some 250 million iOS devices have been sold. In the numbers race, Android and iOS are neck in neck.
In my personal experience, those numbers are finally starting to show. On campus, through the grocery store or anywhere else in town, Android devices are everywhere. For quite awhile there, an OG Droid spotting was exciting. And if you saw someone with a Nexus One, you knew you’d get along well. But now, it seems like every other phone I see is running Android. That certainly isn’t a bad thing.
As Google continues to push Android into the future, always refining design and adding great new features to the blossoming OS, numbers will continue to rise. By this time next year, the number of activated Android devices world wide could be double or even triple what it is now. We’ll probably have to wait until Google IO to get the next official count, but it should be huge.