Google: 500,000 Android devices activated each day

Senior vice president at search giant's mobile division shares new milestone; claims that figure is growing 4.4% week-over-week.

With some 187 million iOS devices sold to date, Apple Inc. is a behemoth in the mobile technology sector. However, it's not the only mobile giant in the business. Google today trumpeted its own mammoth sales figures, saying that some 500,000 Android devices are activated every day.

Android devices are proving popular.

The news stems from the Twitter feed of Google's senior vice president of mobile technology Andy Rubin. He also noted that the figure is growing 4.4 percent week-over-week.

Further, daily Android device activation figures are surging quickly. During last month's Google I/O conference, the tech giant announced (according to GameSpot sister site CNET) that some 400,000 Android-powered devices were being activated each day, up from 300,000 in December, and 100,000 a year ago.

Android market share is also enjoying a rise. According to the latest ComScore data, Android devices account for 36.4 percent of the US smartphone market. That figure handily tops Apple's iOS share (26 percent), as well as Research in Motion's 25.7 percent share and Microsoft's 6.7 percent.

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shkar
shkar

HTC Desire HD here...........But I must say that still ANDROID is behind iOS regarding applications and especially in medical application in which ANDROID sux till this moment........

mike468
mike468

@jdog8888888 The Droid 3 is supposedly coming out July 13.

subtenko
subtenko

I'll stick yo my iphone :] I technically have android with iphone too, that and more ;) iphone4tw

ChrisBlaze00
ChrisBlaze00

Just got my Samsung Infuse and am now Android and proud

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

I love my Droid 1. Excited to upgrade to 4g soon, probably the Bionic. Also excited for the new 3.1 Honeycomb tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwhich.. can't come fast enough!

Urizen5
Urizen5

Just picked up my Thunderbolt last friday. Android FTW!

mike468
mike468

I have an HTC Evo 4g that I switched to from an IPhone about a year ago. I'm not against Apple & iOS, I would gladly switch back once Apple makes some needed changes. Mainly Sprint & 4g support, and widget support.

slippship
slippship

They can take me off the iOS, my Xperia PLAY is awesome in both Android/Game and the C64 emu!! Last Ninja handheld is frikkin mint!!!

Okplay
Okplay

I'm one of them proud Android user :)

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

i really like my bro's mytouch 4g alot, kinda wish i picked that instead of my wp7 lol :/

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

Android FTW I'm afraid. I love my HTC desire. And also, everyone who invested in a blackberry just for BBM was stupid. I'm sick of seeing blackberry curves everywhere!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Android is doing quite well. Managing to rush past apple. Android devices are just a tad more affordable than Apples ipads/iphones/itouches. Half a million each day activations not bad.

jrRodney
jrRodney

It is funny how iOS and Android have turned people into fanboys. It is a consumer product. You should find the product that is best for you, not turn into an advertisement for Apple or Google. The companies are clearly winning because that IS their consumer goal to turn you into lifelong customers who defend their products when you don't own any stock in the company. But on the other end of the consumer spectrum, you should be hunting for the best product for you, not preaching how good iOS or Android OS is. It is just a phone guys the only people winning here are Apple and Google, well really Apple because they make and sell the product and the OS, while Google only licenses the OS. Sop I guess they make money increasing their brand as well as market share. What is free will always cost you later. Let's take back our rights as consumers and not pledge loyalty to a certain OS and demand both security and reliability from the products we use. If we are not careful they will become controlling elements of our lives. How many people can live without their phone? That is when it controls you and not you controlling it. Think please.

raptures330
raptures330

@tom_cat_01 500,000 x 365 = 182,500,000 That is 1,817,500,000 shy of 2 billion (American billion=One thousand millions). Not exactly close ^_^

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I have an Iphone 4, It has an amazing app to help me in my language studies and doubles as my ipod. I have no complaints. Both are great. Both are getting tons of advertising here in Japan, but Iphone is clearly king here. HTC Desire does look amazing though....

xtintit
xtintit

I love my Samsung Fascinate!!! It looks like an iPhone, has a lot of apps and is quite crispy. The only neg about the phone is the music player. But that's not why I got it in the first place. Thumbs up to Android!!!!

UCF_Knight
UCF_Knight

@ Tom_cat - How many days do you think are in a year?

Guster730
Guster730

Got 2.3.4 on my Captivate Galaxy S :D

SigitP
SigitP

yeah..,my Froyo going to Gingerbread since my actived..the perdomance has improve

illage2
illage2

Oh by the way, Viruses can hide on iOS, and then when they are plugged into a computer it infects the PC with the virus. This is something Apple has not yet realized or bothered to fix. on iOS applications closed by them selves. All Applications are ugly to look at.

illage2
illage2

iOS sucks, its slow, sluggish and prone to crashes and failure. Android has not once failed me. I have a Samsung Galaxy S (One) and it works like a charm. Also lets not forget that Android is more open than iOS :D

LokiHero
LokiHero

*throws Blackberry out window* Dammit!

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

half a million a day?? Is that really true? That would mean that by the end of the year, almost 2 billion people would have one. That's almost more than the population of the developed world....

Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

I have an Android phone a month ago too.. 1 of them been added on the list.

georgeo10yal
georgeo10yal

Half of them are rooted devices re-registering. Lol.

back2reailty
back2reailty

HTC Desire HD here, love the dang thing, it's amazing!

antsaround
antsaround

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!ANDROID OWNS!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Half a million per day? Somehow I don't think even Apple does that. And Microsoft's share is laughable.

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

@kickblocker yeah, if you don't need apps that's cool. however, one thing I've come to really get excited about with Android is that there are many different phone sizes to choose from. With the iPhone you're stuck with what THEY want you to have but with Android anyone can make a phone and install the software. It's a nice win-win.

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

I had an iPhone and it was amazing when I first got it. However, as I learned more and more about Android, and subsequently purchased a Samsung Galaxy, I have become convinced that it is the best OS for phones at this point. Simply superb and I'm glad to NOT be a part of the tied hands, fruity obsession. :)

mtait01
mtait01

i have a Blackberry and I hate it... I just bought an iphone pretty cheap and am waiting to get it unlocked... if i dislike that, i guess its an Android for me. My friends have them and they are awesome, especially the HTC range

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

@SmashBrawlerBoy While i agree, and i am sick of seeing couples sitting in public not talking for long periods of time because they are both texting/tweeting. It's unreal how obsessed pop-culture has become with the need to constantly be passing notes like they did in elementary/highschool. I do find it funny though, that you made your comment on a video game website, as you must know, video games fall into the same category. Most people I know that play alot of games, also dont do alot of non-gaming socialization. The one thing i will say of this though: At least those people that are walking around/sitting around town texting or facebooking, at least they are outside, whereas most gamers, as well as people commenting on this site, are indoors :) right now im sitting out in my gazebo in the rain, getting talked to everynow and then by our neighbors... so i guess not all computing is done indoors :D

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

I can see this skyrocketing for google. I got an iPhone 3g from telus(mainly because it was cheap with a plan, and the other phones they had in stock at the time were horrible). I can't stand this phone, I can't wait to get something else, and you can bet it won't be another apple. And not going blackberry again, so, "HELLO ANDROID". I know quite a few people that are in the same boat as me too :)

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@SmashBrawlerBoy wow, one of the most coherent messages I've seen written on here in a very long time. And I completely agree.

SmashBrawlerBoy
SmashBrawlerBoy

More and more people are buying phones and becoming robots themselves. I hate this social revolution because it's the stupidest, most commercial scam ever. Walking around the block and seeing people in their yards gardening and children playing with water guns and talking to people is social. If reading an electronic message consisting of 10 or less words, and is more than half the time just "lol," is "social," then damn it the world is socially misinformed and damn right challenged in the sense of. Already half the world's people are useless... next thing you know they'll be justifying not doing anything and justifying their idiocy... there is a bigger picture here; look around you and you will see everyone with their face in a freaking screen, and wonder why no body is talking to one another in real time... it is no coincidence that they just happen to "not know anyone there," it's that they are incapable of socializing with other humans so they retreat to a faceless device that they don't actually have to think when communicating with. Touching buttons and sending a message is far from anything productive.

legoguitarman
legoguitarman

@PixelAddict I know I'm disappointed that Blackberry is losing the Race but they are Canadian and will stick with it, I personally find apps useless so I don't mind the lack of apps.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@T03 Funny thing is, I used to work for a company that did some business consulting work for them, strategy stuff. Back when they were dominating. And they had ZERO idea why there were so successful. There was nothing we could do to make the incompetent into the thinking... the self-aware. It was... tragic to watch, and they were "winning" then.

T03
T03

@PixelAddict Firstly, by being too sure of themselves. And secondly, the alliance with MS in which windows mobile is used on their phones. Biggest mistake ever.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@legoguitarman I feel your pain and understand your enthusiasm. I used to own a BB Tour, but gave up on it and got a Droid 2 recently. If you switch, you will not believe how much faster Android is and the wealth of great apps available. Most are free. Blackberry is losing this race.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Out of nowhere Google is owning the mobile market. HTC and Motorola are owning in hardware (ok, Apple, too), and Google has the iOS to beat right now. What I want to ask is this: How did Nokia miss this and lose the near 100% market share they had 10 years ago?

Ninjagrym
Ninjagrym

"500,000 Android devices activated each day" Thats just incredible...

kickblocker
kickblocker

i like droids and everything, i love messing around with my friends droid, but i wouldnt get one for myself. they're too big, and i dont have a need to get a ton of apps

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I love google stuff, android is no exception can't wait to get 1 for my birthday