Andy Rubin: I Don’t Know Anything About Motorola’s Products, Google Built a Firewall Between Moto and Android Teams

If you thought that Motorola was going to have the inside track on all things Android immediately following their merger, you thought wrong. At least that’s what Andy Rubin would have us believe. In a brief session in front of the press at Mobile World Congress, Rubin made it clear that while he “sponsored” the merger, his team has been kept completely separate from what Motorola is doing. He mentioned that Motorola will continue to build Moto branded phones and that Google has “literally built a firewall” between his team and theirs. He even went as far as to say that he hasn’t seen anything that they are doing and is not familiar with their products. And if you had fingers crossed that Motorola would be guaranteed to manufacture the next Nexus, I would stop crossing now.

We all know that things can change over time, but for now, Google is doing their best to keep these two companies completely separate. Well, aside from hiring a Google VP to run them.

Also during the interview, Rubin touched on the state of Android tablets. Even with 12 million Android tablets sold he isn’t satisfied saying that the numbers are “not insignificant, but less than I’d expect it to be if you really want to win.” For 2012, they plan to “double down” to make sure they win that space. Their plan is to help educate developers and consumers on the Android ecosystem.

Via:  The Verge [2]

Google: 850,000 Android Devices Activated Each Day, More than 300 Million Total – 450,000 Apps Available Too

Andy Rubin took to the Google Mobile blog this morning to announce the next milestone in Android’s growth. As of today, 850,000 Android devices are activated each day, bringing the total in the wild to over 300 million. Back in December, you will remember that this number stood at 700,000, so you can clearly see that the platform is still in full-on growth mode. The year-on-year growth sits somewhere around 250%.

In related numbers, Rubin also dropped app growth on us. In one year, the number of apps available in the Android Market more than tripled to 450,000. At last year’s MWC, Google announced that there were 150,000 available. Impressive, to say the least.

Via:  Google Mobile

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

Andy Rubin: Android Running On 6 Million Tablets Worldwide

Last week, there was a calculation done suggesting that there were only 3.4 million Honeycomb tablets out in the wild right now. Google’s own Andy Rubin has come out and given us some statistics straight from the horse’s mouth. He says that according to Google, there are 6 million tablets in people’s hands that run the Android operating system. A much larger number than what has been reported before.

This number makes sense too, taking into account all the Froyo and Gingerbread tablets that were pushed out into the public’s hands before they got Google’s official blessing. That would mean that a little over half of all Android tablets are running Honeycomb. Let’s hope that when Ice Cream Sandwich comes out, it does so with a bang. After last night I am a little bit more than excited to see how this plays out.

Via: Phandroid

Will Andy Rubin and Samsung Unveil Ice Cream Sandwich on October 18 from Hong Kong? (Updated)

After Google and Samsung decided to postpone their CTIA event that was scheduled for today, the tech world has been impatiently waiting for word of a new date. Could the evening of October 18 be it? One of our sources has led us to believe that this is more than likely the day. Seems like a wacky idea, I know, so let us talk about the possibility.   (more…)

Andy Rubin Recalls 2007 Video, Kids Love Ice Cream

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Cutesy videos about our favorite mobile OS will always see time here at Droid Life.  So when Andy Rubin took the opportunity to share a video from 2007 with a group of kids who express their thoughts on the ultimate cell phone, we had to bring it.  You will want to pay close attention to the last kid who just so happens to be piling up scoops of ice cream on top of his drawing of a phone…coincidence?  Mr. Rubin, we will see you next week at CTIA.

Via:  Andy Rubin, Phandroid

Andy Rubin: Over 500,000 Android Devices Activated Each Day

Just last month at Google I/O, we were told that over 400,000 Android devices were activated on a daily basis, but today that number has jumped up and over 500,000 according to Andy Rubin.  The timing of this tweet couldn’t have been better, as iOS fan-tech-pundits have been on a rampage lately with the “Android has peaked, iOS will crush it with version 5 and the next iPhone!”  articles while sourcing a variety of random statistics and metrics.  All I can say, is that you’d have to be a fool to really think that this massive Android train will come to a screeching halt in September.  In fact, Android as a mobile OS is so far beyond iOS now, that it’s almost not worth doing comparisons anymore.

They both have completely different approaches to everything that they do, and there is nothing wrong with that.  There is no denying that the i*hone is an iconic device and one that has this massive following, but I guess I’ve just been under the impression that most of us had moved beyond the seriousness of the this vs. that silliness of it all?  Well, it seems like we sure are on the Android side of things – just don’t expect the iPeople to stop with their giant white-lettered pot shots during presentations or from their crew of “analysts” who will do and say anything to hike up that stock price.

500,000 though.  Wow.

Cheers Pops!