Googleâ€™s Andy Rubin has revealed that the company is seeing more than 700,000 new Android activations each day.
and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we donâ€™t count re-sold devices), and â€śactivationsâ€ť means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.
While each new activation doesnâ€™t necessarily mean Android is getting a new customer â€” as many folks may upgrade, or perhaps get a second device â€” a look at previous activations rates announced by Google shows impressive growth.
- August 2010: 200,000 activations per day
- June 2011: 500,000 activations per day
- July 2011: 550,00 activations per day (130 million devices, 6 billion downloads to date)
- October 2011: Â 576,900 activations per day, from May-October (190 million devices to date)
It isnâ€™t just handsets that are flying off the shelves too as Androidâ€™s app store â€” Android Market â€“Â passed 10 billion downloads earlier this month, with users averaging 53 apps per device, which is still short of 83 on the iPhone.
This ever-increasing growth in users and usage is what Google chairman Eric Schmidt believes will see the Android operating system topple Appleâ€™s iOS as the first choice for developers. Schmidt recently revealedÂ that he sees the change taking place within 6 months, by which time Android could be activating more than 1 million devices per day, if it continues to grow at its current rate.