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Andy Rubin: 3.7 Million Android Devices Activated Over X-Mas

Yeah, 3.7 million activations is a lot of activations over a 2-day period. The only question mark here is whether or not that is both days combined or the total for each day individually. I would tend to lean towards that being the 2-day total or Mr. Rubin would have rephrased it or straight up dropped a “7.4 million” Tweet. According to a report yesterday, there were 6.8 million Android and iOS devices activated on X-mas Day alone, so going by all of that math, iOS was the clear winner here. Then again, when you are talking iOS devices being activated, you are talking iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones. With Android, sure you are getting some tablets in there as well, but the percentage there is likely in the 2.5% range of the total with phones taking the cake.

I think the biggest piece of the story here, is the fact that we aren’t seeing mentions of activations from any other player in the game. Where you at RIM and Windows Phone? This has been a 2-horse race for a while, but it is so more now than ever.

Via:  Twitter

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  • Sk102704

    I was a good boy this year so I activated a Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Christmas.  If I had spent the year being a little prick I probably would have had to activate an ipad…

    • Congrats!  You’re one of 20,000 who has a Galaxy Tab!

      • Sk102704

        Thank you! I love it!  So glad I didn’t get coal (ios) this year!

  • Hey Kellex, you know Twitter now has native Tweet embedding functionality, right? 😛 Just saying, man

  • Andy Rubin only announces Mobile Phones activated on mobile networks. The 3.7 million does not account for Kindle Fire, Nook, Acer Tablets & WiFi only versions of tablets like the Xoom & Galaxy Tab. Also a Verizon tab that is not activated on the network and is only used as WiFi such as my own does not count in Rubin’s figures. Basically android made a huge killing this weekend. Developers like myself are very happy.

    • Anonymous


    • Sk102704

      Well then you can add 4 more Android WiFi tablets to that number from my family.  Now we’re getting closer… If that doesn’t include all the Kindle Fires activated then the real number msut be huge!

  • EC8CH

    I heard whoever activates the one billionth android devices gets a bunch of free stuff from Google.

    Like free email, free online storage of 20,000 songs, free Navigation, etc

    pretty awesome deal!

    • HAHA!

    • Anonymous

      Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil.

    • Anonymous

      They should give you a free trip to the Google office and take pic with Andy Rubin and let you play with all of the google gadgets on the front lawn lol

      I wonder how many of those activations cam e from OG Droid owners and how many are reactivations from older devices???

      • PC_Tool

        Rubin stated on Google= that they only count first-time, on-carrier activations.

        Yes…this implies that they are *not* counting wifi-only devices.

        • Anonymous

          Ok, thanks 🙂

  • Boblank84

    wonder if that accounts for kindle fires as you log in to amazon and not google?

    • EC8CH

      good question.

    • If it’s an Android powered device, yes.

      • Boblank84

        yes, but you don’t go through googles normal activation, you login with your amazon account.  I’m not sure how they track activations, but if it is tracked through googles activation when you power a new device on, it may not.

        • EC8CH

          kindle fires don’t sync with the android market, so maybe they are left out of that number.

          Interesting because Amazon has been selling boatloads of those things. My father-in-law has one, good for the general public looking for a simple device that can connect to a ton of content, but the fact it locks you into the Amazon ecosystem and shuts you out of Google makes it a no-go for me.

          • Boblank84

            its really a nice tablet for the price with cm7 on it, and ics port is almost there.  I put up with the amazon junk for a bout 2 hours.  But i think the amazon ui is nice enough for the non tech savvy.

      • PC_Tool


        Andy Rubin  –  Dec 20, 2011  –  Public
        for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don’t count
        re-sold devices), and “activations” means you go into a store, buy a
        device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.”(This seems to imply wifi only devices are not counted…)

    • Probably not. The Kindle Fire isn’t connected to Google Services, so Google would probably have no records of the activation of those devices. If they are include, it wouldn’t surprise me. Literally over half the people I talk to got themselves or someone else a Kindle Fire.

    • PC_Tool

      First-time on-carrier activations only according to Rubin’s post on Google+.

  • John

    Nuckin Futs

  • 6.8 – 3.7 = 3.1


    • EC8CH

      the 6.8 was only one day

      3.7 was over two days

  • Anonymous

    That’s a lot o robot