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Global Android Activations Hit 500 Million on the Eve of the New iPhone

Hours before Apple’s Tim Cook will take the stage to announce the new iPhone and a handful of other products, Google’s Hugo Barra took to Google+ to announce that Android activations have now topped the 500 million mark globally. Last week, Eric Schmidt announced that the number had reached 480 million, but in a world dominated by our favorite open sourced mobile operating system, it only took another 6 days to reach one heck of a milestone.

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about a couple of hundred thousand activations per day and the first 100 million. So much for all of those predictions over the years suggesting that Android’s reign wouldn’t last. It appears to me that we are only getting started.

Daily Android activations are still hovering around 1.3 million. The Jelly Bean statue has also returned.

Via:  Google+

  • Overkast

    These stats are such BS. Of course there are a crap load of android activation, there are about a billion different android phones and just one iphone. Asshat!

  • Sporttster

    Does anyone look at that pic of Google above and think ‘that just plain looks ridiculous!’?

  • Adam Medina

    Why do you guys report on iPhone news anyways lol? None of the iPhone blogs or forums even mention android or have anything dedicated to android anything. And people who only use android are the same people who eat the same thing for every meal every day. Both iOS and android are great operating systems. And reading the comments here just shows how close minded fandroid boys are. Oh by the way is froyo stable yet? LOL

    • JoshGroff

      If Apple would choose to innovate rather than suing left and right over ridiculous patents, I would probably have an iPhone as well. Buying the innovation of others (SIRI) and claiming it as innovation on their behalf (ask SIRI who created her, and she responds with Apple, which is of course not true) doesn’t count.

    • JazzoRenee

      Because Droid Life can do what it wants.

  • Chris

    Hey Kellex and all you guys, I know you posted about the Liquid ICS for the Thunderbolt. I’m more of a Sense guy, and I wanted to post the Sense 4 ROM for the Thunderbolt. Thought maybe you could make a quick post about it for all the Tbolt owners!


  • j_peter

    This is possible when you’re practically giving away phones running Android.

    • JoshGroff

      Last time I checked, the 3GS is free, and soon the 4 will be.

      • ERIC REED

        You’re right two and three year old iphones are free, not six week old models!!

        • JoshGroff

          Apple also only releases a mid-top tier device, whereas android caters to everyone. If you take that into account, you would see that the same thing happens to mid-top tier android phones as with the iPhone, they drop when the next new thing comes out generally.

  • Michael Hutwagner

    4,000 of them are just my nexus

    • Lawrence_Hart

      500 are mine!

    • Michael Forte

      When you wipe and flash a new ROM, that isn’t counted as a new activation.

  • MikeCiggy

    Definitely mind blowing numbers. 1.3mil a day

  • fanboy1974

    I can fell the tension in the air. Apple flagship model being announced today against many worthy android flagship models coming out soon. Time to get ready for war.

    • JoshGroff

      Yes, but assuming the rumors are true, it would be the first LTE phone released in the US with a quad core processor.

      • KB26

        It may also be the first iPhone to break past 0.8 ghz. Maybe not. But we’ll see!

        • JoshGroff

          On the GPU? o-o

          • KB26

            No, the CPU.

          • JoshGroff

            Oh, I could have sworn it was clocked at 1ghz on the 4S, shows how much I cared.

    • j_peter

      Apple has already won the war.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        By suing for no reasons maybe! You are clueless. You need to get back in the game.

  • AnGeLFaCe777

    Apple sucks period ! Anyone want to argue about that hit me up.

    • Geri O

      Would love to, but most of you guys are too busy bitching about what version of Android hasn’t been released for your phone yet. (BTW, Galaxy S3 and iPhone user here. Luv ’em both for different reasons. You know, the American way and all…)

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        The I phone has been the same device since 2007 lol. Apple is the only one birching and suing manufacturers for no reason. I guess they are afraid of the competition.

        • manny

          Apple also likes to give it’s customers devices that work, no random reboots and all the other crap you deal with.

          • JoshGroff

            Apple has had its share of problems, including phones overheating and even burning up. I’m sure that’s just a bit more severe than the occasional random reboot from an otherwise solid OS.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            Android works pretty well. I phone is playing catch up.

          • areffes

            @Manny, nothing could be further from the truth. In my retail store, we do more troubleshooting on iphones than androids, even though we sell about 3x more androids. The main culprits? Phone randomly just shutting off while in use and won’t come back on or charge; speaker and mic blow out constantly (speaker, more often) and the physical buttons simply stop working. Don’t let anyone try to tell you the iphone is any less problematic than any other piece of electronica. They have fewer software glitches, yes, because, of course, it is a much less sophisticated system and there is only one version of the os running on all devices. But their hardware? Garbage.

          • RAZR_FANN

            I work at a technology store that doesn’t sell iPhones, but does sell other iOS and Android devices. How many times a day do you think people come in to ask why their iPhone won’t turn on? How many times a day do you think I have to tell them the simple hard reset trick? Having been doing this for a while, I’d have to say Android users are simply smarter.

          • Why are you hurt lol? You must be another cry baby. http://AppleMillionaireProject.webs.com

          • LinuxFrenzy

            Really?.Odd since that has never happened to me.I guess you saw your precious Apple being attacked and so you came to the rescue.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            Android works pretty well and it is also superior lol. Apple came with a bigger display and LTE now really? We have been having that since droid x and the Thurnderbolt.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        We don’t believe you. . . . . . you need more people.

      • JoshGroff

        The iPhone also has much less variants and Apple controls what hardware is put into them, so try comparing it to the GSM Nexus devices. Fragmentation is a problem only because of the sheer variety in Android devices. Which of course iOS doesn’t have.

        • AnGeLFaCe777

          Great response! Apple just count with one small boring device. I don’t know why apple’s sheep fall into their crap

    • j_peter

      I really would like to, but I don’t argue with children.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        Why are you hurt lol? You must be another cry baby.

  • Justin

    Where’s the donut and the honeycomb? All I see is an eclair, and what I think is FroYo.

  • Michael_NM

    The new iPhon’t is coming out tomorrow? I am sure we’ll all get hear how Apple invented NFC now. I’m so happy to be one (actually about 10) of the 500 million who hasn’t and won’t pad Mr. Cook’s portfolio.

    • Actually many doubt it will have an NFC chip

      • philstx

        Pretty sure Wally World was testing out NFC checkout capabilities because the iPhone 5 will have it.

  • Charles Clout

    Insane growth.

    Makes me wonder what it will peak at!

  • FAL_Fan