May 15 AT 11:28 AM Dustin Earley 7 Comments

Android reaches 900 million activations, with 48 billion app downloads

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Google has kicked off I/O with some stats on Android, sharing just how impressive growth has been for the platform as a whole, and for Google Play, Android’s app store.

As of this year, Android has reached 900 millions activations. That’s up from 100 million Android activations in 2011, and 400 million activations in 2012. Highlighting plans to target growing markets where Android penetration is less than 10%, Android isn’t done by a long-shot. By the end of the year, Android will undoubtedly reach 1 billion activations, further solidifying the little green guy’s position as the world’s most popular operating system.

Google Play also got a moment to shine in the growth stats. If there was any question just how popular Google Play has become, Play’s 48 billion app downloads should speak for themselves.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • R.S

    Wow! That is an impressive number!

    I remember in 2010, when I got my first Android phone, my (iSheep) friend laughing and saying that Android would never be able to compete with iOS.

    • some internet dude

      Buddy of mine said the exact sane thing, ah how time times have changed.

  • Nathan D.

    Daammmm, android will rule the world.

  • donger

    That’s a huge milestone.

  • DetroitCity

    I had a g1, my touch, my touch slide, evo, galaxy nexus, nexus 4, and lastly the HTC one. I’ve stuck by android when the market was just mostly trash apps. When we had the trackballs I do miss but boy did they get dirty and sticky and would clog lol I’ve saw every single flavor of android and the evolution. In the beginning was the over zealous apple fanboy talking crap. I’m proud to say android is the best os around. I will continue to follow for years to come!

  • Dan Adigwe

    Sure, 900 million sounds impressive but it’s a Facebook pre-IPO like headline-grabbing figure.

    Seeing as approximately 16 percent of touchscreen devices either shatter or are disposed of

    during a smartphones average 30 month usage life-cycle, unless Google can show stats verifying

    how many android devices (wearables to TV’s/Cupcake to Jellybean) are connected right now

    900 million means little to developers and the online marketing community.