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New Record: Android Activations Top 1.3 Million Per Day

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 7, 2012

Android activations are climbing at a crazy rate. Like, sleepwalking while dancing naked in the middle of the street crazy. Today, Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that Androids are being activated at a rate of 1.3 million per day. Be scared, Nokia, Apple, etc. BE VERY SCARED.

The numbers sure have grown over the past year. It was only as recently as June that Android was running at 900,000 activations per day, while in December it was reported at a rate of 700,000 per day. That was super impressive to us at the time, but now that Android activations have passed the million-per-day mark, they seem like no big deal.

This brings the ground total of Android devices in the world to 500 million. That's 200 million more than the population of the great US of A. 

In other words, we are literally drowning in Android phones.*

But not tablets. In fact, those device make up just 70,000 of the 1.3 million devices activated per day. And most of them (57%) are running Gingerbread, not Ice Cream Sandwich (20.9%) and definitely not Jelly Bean (1.2%). 

Who knows what will happen when the iPhone 5 is released. But for now: weeee! 

* Okayy, not literally. That would be some biblical s**t right there.

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Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • yatim sani Sep 8, 2012 Link to comment

    Patrick: Flashing are not considered as new activation.Every phone has the unique IMEI number that's can be trace by Google.

  • Patrick R. Sep 7, 2012 Link to comment

    I am proud to say I am probably responsible for around 50 of those activations haha. I used to flash my 2 phones and 2 android tablets almost daily.

  • Dvoraak Sep 7, 2012 Link to comment

    Windows 8 is going to make things interesting. I don't think it's as hot as it's being portrayed but they are definitely gonna increase their market share. The question is, will they pull users from Android or Apple in greater numbers......

  • Tom Harder Sep 7, 2012 Link to comment

    Android currently has 68% of the global smartphone OS market, yet many companies are still making their apps for iPhone only. IOS only holds 20% of the global market yet far too many companies seem to think it is the only thing out there.

    The marketing folks for companies that want or need an app presence better wake up and smell the Android coffee......