Aug 05 AT 10:44 AM Nick Gray 18 Comments

Android continues to grow, 200,000 new handsets activated daily

We were pretty impressed with NPD’s Q2 numbers, but it looks like Q3 will be even more impressive.  During an interview at the Techonomy conference, Google’s Eric Schmidt let slip that 200,000 new Android phones are being activated every single day.  In May, Google made the announcement at their I/O conference that daily activations had reached the 100,000 mile marker.  Exactly 12 weeks later, that activation number is now two times higher.

Quite a few factors go into the huge jump in new handsets.  Since Google I/O, eight new Android handsets have been introduced to the U.S. market alone.  Phones like the HTC EVO 4G, Motorola DROID X, and the Samsung Galaxy S family have been leading the way.  With two more Galaxy S phones expected to launch in the U.S. this summer and the Motorola DROID 2 right around the corner, Android will continue to grow over the summer months.

Unfortunately, Android will most likely not able to sustain this unprecedented growth rate.  The platform will continue to grow, but don’t be surprised if the numbers drop down below 20-30% grown quarter over quarter.  It’ll probably take another 7-8 months before Android will be able to topple Symbian’s 300,000 daily activations and become the most popular smartphone OS on the planet.  Of course, we’d love to be proven wrong.

How long do you think it’ll take for Android to topple Symbian and claim the number one spot?

Via: Android central

Source: Unwired View

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website antonioY

    Source on the 300k Symbian activations ?

    • http://Website DROID Sam

      The source link for the article on Unwired Veiw makes the claim. Symbian has been the number one smartphone OS for the past hald decade of so. Last I checked, they controlled nearly 35% of the global smartphone market.

      Honestly, it’s pretty sad that Nokia doesn’t market their smartphones here in the U.S. The more competition we have here, the better.

  • antonioY

    And the graph is misleading. Click on my ‘website’ and use the this excel sheet.

    • http://Website erikve

      Not sure how your numbers are any different than what’s on he graph.

    • Nicko01

      The graph’s time scale really is strange… it changes between each of the data points. I hate it when they do that. It makes it a lot more difficult to analyze.
      Not that I’m saying it’s a lie or that Android isn’t doing well. I just find it annoying the way they set it up.

      200k/day is a great achievement! That number is just going to keep going up.

  • http://Website Haggie

    As soon as multiple Android tablets from multiple retailers hit this fall, daily Android activations (smartphone & tablet combined) will easily blow right by 300K. The week after Xmas this year will see at least one day with 500K+ activations.

    • http://Website Robin

      If Android continues the trend of the past 6 monts it will hit 600k/day somewhere in February

      • http://Website Robin

        February 2011

      • http://Website dave

        As they say: “There are now at least 25,000 Elvis’ around the world, compared to only 170 in 1977 when Elvis died. At this rate of growth, experts predict that by 2019 Elvis impersonators will make up a third of the world population.”

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    What’s nice is that all four carriers have at least a small selection of Android phones. Verizon and T-Mobile are going the best right now since they offer customers a great selection of handsets. Jumping from 200,000 to 300,000 phones a day (I’m assuming those are global numbers) is a huge step, but definitely achievable.

    My money’s on late December.

  • http://Website Nammy

    What the article fails to mention is that Symbian sales may very well fall to 250k a day before Android hits 300k. I would be quite impressed if Symbian actually held onto the 300k a day number with Android’s explosive growth and the iPhone4 also taking millions or orders.

    • anakin78z

      The numbers could potentially all go up, as more and more people buy smartphones instead of feature phones.
      But I believe Symbian and Rim will fall for a little while Android continues to rocket, and iOs holds pretty steady. I really have no idea how WP7 will do after the miserable, miserable Kin launch.

  • http://Website Elitebattlefield

    Android is definitely kicking ass. I’m an optimist so let’s not forget that Android is still in the childhood stage within the market.

    Once they grasped and held onto the market for more a few fiscal years will determine the will of their ambition. I’m an Android owner myself.

  • http://Website Tim

    What country is symbia in?

    • http://Website erikva

      Symbian is everywhere except the u.s. market. Nokia dominates global handset sales with just under 40% of global handset sales.

  • http://Website kris

    Am I the only one frustrated by the android experience and force close on things lik making phone calls or checking texts?

    • http://Website Robin

      I never had force closes on phone calls or texts…. some apps do (NY times reader for example) force close some times.

      If you use a stock rom I would recommend a factory reset to try to resolve your issues. if you use a custom rom try another Rom (and wipe before flashing)

      …… and if you happen to overclock you phone, try using stock speed.

  • Android wallpapers

    These are really good news for the Android platform.