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Android activates 1 million devices per day, 400 million exist – 4x as many as a year ago

June 27, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



Almost one year ago, estimated that Google might reach 1 million activations per day based on the trajectory of Android daily activation numbers reported every few months. The growth rate eventually steadied and our prediction never came to fruition.

It appears we were only 7 months early in our prediction as Google’s Hugo Barra announced today that 1 million Android devices are activated each day. And before you ask, no this does not include when someone wipes or factory resets their phones and logs into Google for the first time. The figure focuses only on the first time that an Android phone or tablet is activated, and the figure is at its highest peak in Android’s history.

According to Google, more than 400 million Android devices have been activated since the original Android, the T-Mobile G1, debuted in October 2008. That’s quite the feat, especially considering that Apple recently bragged at its WWDC that it has sold 365 million iOS devices.

In conclusion:

  • 400 million Android devices – 4x what it was last year
  • 1 million Android daily activations – 2x what it was last year (about 12 new devices every second)
  • 600,000 Android apps in Google Play
  • 1.5 billion app downloads per month