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Andy Rubin: Over 900,000 Android Devices Activated Each Day

In a Tweet and Google+ post to shut down a rumor started by Robert Scoble that suggested Andy Rubin was leaving Google to join a company called CloudCar, Rubin felt as if it was the perfect time to drop some Android love. According to Mr. Android, over 900,000 devices are activated each day. Think about that for a second. Twenty-four hours after you read this post, almost 1 million brand new Android devices will have been activated by someone across the globe.

Back in February, we were at 850,000 a day, so as you can see, this train continues to pick up speed.

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  • Clinton

    “No plans to leave Google” is like every politician that says they have no plans to run for President but always end up running.

  • jacobp1997

    ok, lets see… 900,000/24=37500, 37500/60=625, 625/60=10.41… so there is about 37,500 android phones activated per hour, 625 per minute, and 10.41 per second… holy crap

  • Tristan Cunha

    How does this compare to other OS’s? iOS, Blackberry, etc? 900k seems like an awful lots, but so does 500k, it would be interesting to see this number put in perspective. I know that other companies don’t usually report activations, but instead do sales or subscribers or something, but I’m sure we could dig up something comparable.

  • Kevin McDole

    It’s over 900,000!

    • EC8CH



    Does this include the 5 X’s, 6 Bionics and 3 Rezounds I’ve had? 😛

    • Yes, as long as you activated each one only once. They only count 1 activation per phone. At the end of the day, Google doesn’t care if 1 million people buy one phone or one person buys 1 million phones.

    • PC_Tool

      Depends on whether or not they were refurbished. Each device is counted only once, so it doesn’t matter how many times it gets returned, refurbished, re-flashed, w/e…

      If each of them was a brand-new device, out of the box, then yes. Google counted each one. (…and will not count them when they get “refurbished” to someone else)

  • right….

  • Michael Hutwagner

    That number is a lie it adds root and rom people to Google I have 120 galaxy neuxs

    • Serv

      I will leave this here for you genius, via Android Central although this useful information has been available since these activation numbers have been growing.

      “When a new Android device with a cellular radio has a Google account signed into it, it’s counted as an activation. Each device only gets counted once — not when you flash a new ROM, or when you sell it, just the first time the device is registered.”

      • Well I have had 4 gnex phone registered, sent 3 back so Ive been counted 4 times

        • r0lct

          Not if those are refurbished units someone else had. As it states above, once per device. But yes, I’m sure there’s some inflation of numbers going on due to returns, but I wouldn’t think it is dramatic.

          • Yeah

            Current Population Clock
            U.S. 313,721,066
            World 7,019,259,002
            17:51 UTC (EST+5) Jun 11, 2012
            If 900000 a day multiply that by 365 = 328,500,000
            Then multiply that by average life of a phone or upgrade time on major carriers 2 years = 657,000,000
            That just barely covers the U.S population in 2 years so yeah worldwide I could see it!!!

  • MFG

    I still don’t really get the full effect of these activation statements. I guess it’s because only 7% of all Android devices are running ICS…

    • r0lct

      What it confirms is most of the Android sales/activations are of GB devices likely because they are free/cheap and the DROID lineup on Verizon doesn’t even have an ICS phone yet.
      Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s the cheap (<$100)/free phones likely making up the majority of worldwide sales.

  • Knlegend1

    I guess when the market is flooded with so many “different” devices its not really hard. I’ll probably get marked down for my comment but his tweet is irrelevant to me.

    • Knlegend1

      Besides him leaving though that is important lol. 🙂

    • richcricketz

      Yeah, diversity sucks. Couldn’t god have just picked one race to be the best. Everyone knows Evolution doesn’t work anyway.

      • Knlegend1

        Didn’t say it was bad just said that its obvious why state it…

        • LiterofCola

          Probably just to stick it to those that choose to cover their ears and ignore such facts, like some disciples of an unnamed fruit company.

  • I predict a downfall similar to the automotive industry, Everyone buying cars, than soon everyone has one, companies who grew to support the grow will be forced to cut back= worse product—> less sales —> worse product —> repeat

    • Daniel Gulyas

      The difference is that most people get a new phone every two years; cars have to at least be every 5 or so. It’s not a clean comparison beyond diminishing returns.

      • 4n1m4L

        A lot of people in the US do because they are subsidized. Overseas they are not subsidized. Overseas if you want a new phone you pay for one. Hopefully after the initial $650

    • violator702

      That had a lot more to do with the fact that American automotive companies invested too much in SUV’s and then gas prices went up to $3 a gallon. I also think the average person doesn’t wait 6 years to get a new phone.

    • richcricketz

      People are buying more cars than ever. Their just not buying american cars anymore. Your analogy is flawed in so many ways. Some american automotive company’s are failing because they cannot pay insane union salaries. Look overseas, Japan and Europe are doing just fine. And automobiles are better, more efficient, and cheaper than ever.

      • buying unamerican cars= might as well not buy a car. #usa

  • Let’s go Droid Razr HD!!!

  • Awesome!!!

  • feztheforeigner

    That is pretty darn incredible!

    • Mike

      Cool people say “Dinc”…