Feb 27 AT 9:27 AM Nick Gray 26 Comments

Android posts 250% year-over-year growth with 850k daily activations


It’s no secret that Android is the star of the party at Mobile World Congress this year. Most of us are caught up in all the news about new devices, but Google’s Andy Rubin has taken a little time out of his busy day to share some new statistics about the Android ecosystem. In the past twelve months, Android has grown more than 250% with more than 300 million Android devices activated around the globe, adding 850,000 new device activations on a daily basis (a 21.5% increase since December 21). All those new Android users also have access to 450,000 applications on the Android market, an increase of 300% from last year.

Google is celebrating the platform’s huge success at the Android booth at Mobile World Congress all week long, where conference attendees can view more than 100 devices which are on display on the Android conveyor belt or check out “app pods” to experience all the latest innovations that have come to the platform, including Android Beam.

Based on Android’s incredible growth rate, when do you think Andy Rubin will make the 1,000,000 daily activations announcement?

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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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  • mustybooks

    Start of April by the maths if the rate keeps up. Cannot believe where android is now compared to when I got my Hero 2 or so years ago…

    • Jeff Pan

      Tremendous growth starting with T-Mobile G1

      Three cheers to you Android!

      • Jorge Vieira

        Still have my trust g1

    • spazby

      This growth is just crazy and I love it

  • Joel

    No matter what Carrier your on or what Developer/Company you favor, you’ve got to be proud of Android.

    • Xpeira Fever

      I bet most Apple buyers wouldn’t agree lol, seriously bitter little fanboys they are.

      • Joel

        lol id be bitter too if I knew my tech was outdated and my device becoming less popular :P

      • CactusCat

        Ya know… Apple is just being rolled over by a huge Android tsunami and while there was a brief reprieve when the 4s arrived to a starving Apple throng (16 months they waited for it) the wave continues to swamp them and there’s nothing they can do about it, even though they had a 2 year headstart. Android is just plain steam-rolling Apple. More to the point, the “Apple” websites have very little to talk about and most of them have resorted to Android articles, otherwise, there just would be anything to report. The wave continues….. on and on.

  • Tariq

    I’m sure it was 75k when I got my desire about two years ago. Long live Android, it progress is just amazing and now with the htc one x it’s going to be even more amazing

  • AceoStar

    I’m thinking they’ll announce 1mil at Google I/O

  • Stigy

    I can’t believe how Android has grown since I purchased my G1 a week or two after the release date. I remember not seeing anyone with an Android device in their hands to now seeing them everywhere.

    Its amazing how far they have come.

  • Shadowlore

    My brain just shut down for about 10mins when I read that information… just.. wow…

    I can’t comprehend those kinds of numbers.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    It has been incredible to see the growth. I remember back when the Market on my G1 was sooooo limited. It’s great to see developers seeing Android as the giant opportunity that it is. Although, one thing I’m waiting for is a little more maturity in Android segmentation. It’s great to have all of the different iterations of Android out there because of the innovation but there is still room for improvement. The rapid growth has made it difficult but I think it will come with time. Still, I love me some Android!

    • SGB101

      i got my G1 on day one, in protest to apple.a few hours after i got it home, i was starting to regret my actions. looking at the wifes iphone 3g, Android 1.1v was not good.

      However the day 1.5v (Cupcake) landed ive not looked back. it was a iffy first few months for me and Android, but i had faith, and im so glad us early pioneers did, as that first year Android could of gone either way.

      if it didnt take off, we’d be stuck with an iphone 4, but cos of Androids innovation, event that wouldn’t be where it is today.

      long live Android, and bring on my ‘One X’

  • AsakuraZero

    there is so much android in that booth that i will die! o_o i dont get why the andy (The mascot) ITS SO CUTEEE, im a GUY and i find this cute!

    and i say by june android will hit 1M activation per day

  • Jorge Vieira

    I say by June it will be at 1 million a day.

  • WlfHart

    Long live Android! I’d wager about three weeks after the deluge of quad core phones come out in Q2.

  • txbluesman

    Proud to be a Googler(Androidite)!!!!!

  • revs

    i remember when i got my g1 only had ab 15 apps in market lol

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    2 months up to 5 months top. I just love hearing this kind of news. <3 Android/Google

  • Hall Lo

    Woohoo! Very nice :D I love my Android! <3

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    The image for this article of the Android display reminds me of the “One Laptop per Child” laptops… http://www.fuseproject.com/images/products/product3/xo_1.jpg

  • kwills88

    I remember when a friend of mine laughed at me, he literally laughed at me in 2009 when I told him to give android a chance and it will be better than iOS and he said “haha, android is crap and it won’t go anywhere”…..he now owns a EVO 3D.

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  • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

    Love to see the ecosystem grow but Google needs to stay on their toes. Tech can change so very quickly.

  • Amazing! Im a proud Androidian in my Galaxy Nexus starship!