With 900 million Androids out there, Google now activates more than 3 million devices a day
Google I/O developer conference just started and we got our regular Android performance data update. And, if you look just at the rate the new Android devices are increasing – the numbers are mind-boggling.
According to Google, as of today, they have activated 900 million Android devices. For some perspective – they only reached 750 million Androids two months ago, on March 14th, and they were at 500 million last September.
It’s even more impressive, if you look at the daily activations. Even though Google didn’t provide them today, it’s easy to see that they just had their huge late spring/early summer daily activation spike. Back in March, when they had that 750 million Android device announcement, Google was still activating the same 1.3 to 1.4 million Androids a day. A month later, on April 16th, the daily activations were at 1.5 million.
So, between March 14th and today, in 62 days, Google activated another 150 million Android devices. At the best 1.5m devices/day rate between March 14th and April 16th, they could have activated no more than 48 million of them. The other 102 million got activated in the last 30 days. Which means Google now activates more than 3 million Android devices a day!
It’s really hard for me to believe it, but so far Android seems to be impervious to the law of big numbers. And I simply give up in trying to guess where it’s growth will stop, or even slow down.