Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, has told the audience at Motorola’s “On Display” event that there are 1.3 million Android devices activated every day. This is a phenomenal number and shows the dominance of Android. In comparison, Apple sells about 500,000 iOS devices per day.

Google is seeing massive growth in Android take up. During Google I/O at the end of June, the search giant revealed that the number of daily activations was just over 1 million. The jump to 1.3 million is a growth of 30% in a little over two months. If the growth continues at this rate then, by the end of the year, there could be well over 1.6 million Android devices activated each and every day.

However, Schmidt did also note that out of that 1.3 million, only 70,000 devices are tablets. That is just 5%. To put that in perspective, Apple sold 17 million iPads and 28 million iPhones during the three months ending on June 30th. That means that tablets make up more than one third of Apple’s iOS device sales. Google 5% – Apple 37%, that is a big difference. Schmidt himself admitted that Google was late to embrace the tablet market.

Another factor in looking at these numbers is to understand the difference in the business models used by Google and Apple. Every Android device activated does not equate to actual hard cash for Google. The devices are made by Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and so on, not by Google themselves. But with Apple, every device sold is money directly in its pockets and Apple has famously high margins on its sales.

Of course this is changing slightly with Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility; every Motorola device sold is now banked money for Google. The same is also true for the Nexus 7 tablet. However Google’s money comes from mobile based advertising and sales of apps and content from the Google Play store. Apple also makes money with its in-app iAd advertising solution and of course from content sold via iTunes.

The big question is how can Google help its partners boost the number of tablet sales. The Nexus 7 is sure to help as is the new Kindle Fire HD range. What else can they do? Are you planning to buy a tablet soon? If so, which one. Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
  • Peter Cao

    Starting from an irrational Germany lady Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity crime on Stanford campus, there came a war between fascism and anti-fascism; and at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives; Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them.
    Gabriele Scheler’s campus atrocity on me, by which Sebastian Thrun and Eric Schmidt started a series of fascism crimes, is a simple case with clear evidence and with serious police investigation.
    But how come Gabriele Scheler could come back and falsely accuse me for sexual assault to molest my life year after year without an end? How come the judicial officer could made up a sexual assault case against me without interviewing me even once? How could they assist Scheler to terrorize/extort Stanford without even showing me any testimony and evidence of such accusations against me? how could this case still not be clarified in judicial system after eight years? Because the crimes are not only coming from those criminals who had committed such crimes, but also coming from certain malicious officers (e.g. a powerful officer namely ZZZ from Santa Clara DA’s Office, and after ZZZ stepped down, another officer YYY, and also officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case, and very likely officer RRR who insist May Zhou’s case is suicide or accident but not murder) who egregiously miscarriage of justice.
    Gabriele Scheler had been rude to Japanese and South Korea Scholars (Asians) in the same office before she assaulted me; Sebastian Thrun collateralled with Gabriele Scheler to trap me while played a role in May Zhou’s case; Eric Schmidt, for Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s sake, had told me “May Zhou is an Asian, police may not even find out who did it …what if it happened to you?” And it did happen as Eric Schmidt predicted that police may not even find out who did it, which is really scary to me
    I brought the case to the public because as a human being, anyone has the responsibility to crack down such fascism crimes which includes killing the innocent, conspire life of the victim, terrorize/extort authorities, corruption, miscarriage of justice, discrimination against Asian, etc.

  • PeterCao

    Eric Schmidt had lost his credibility when he got invovled into fascism crimes which had endangered human lives
    There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives, Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them
    Eric, as we can see, starting from Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity case on Stanford campus back in 2004, many people, including Gabriele Scheler, Sebastian Thrun, you Eric Schmidt, and also your collegue in China Kaifu Lee, had made contributions to such fascism crimes which had cost human life of Stanford student May Zhou and crimes which had retaliated on victims and almost cost life of the victim as I am
    … … and someone who had provided legal coverage for your fascism crimes, including a powerful officer from Santa Clara DA Office, namely ZZZ (and after ZZZ, another officer YYY), and the officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case and who had further collateralled with your side(suspect Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side) to conspire and curse victims( Stanford, May Zhou, me) in every possible way since 2006 till today; and maybe include the officer RRR who insist on May Zhou’s death as a suicide or accident, even though I had clearly pointed out who’s involved in May Zhou’s murder case …
    … … and someone who could provide political support for your fascism crimes, including top politician from the country of Germany whom we all know — Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and maybe include a retired top politician from UK as well, etc. and more and more to find out later …
    I believe, though some names missed out, all names mentioned in the above comment are part of this fascism circle

  • PeterCao

    I believe Chancellor Angela Merkel had monitored and invovled into Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler and Eric Schmidt’s fight against ruling from authorities of Stanford and authorities of U.S. over their unruly criminal behaviors on campus of Stanford, and which ensued a series of crimes, including killing the innocent, conspire life of the victim, terrorize/extort authorities, corruption, miscarriage of justice, discrimination against Asian, all on land of America, etc.
    Sebastian Thrun, a Germany Scholar who had got Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit when she visited Stanford in 2010, had partialy left Stanford Computer Science department because he is in debt to Stanford people with his involvment into Stanford student May Zhou’s death, he is not innocent in an unsuccessful plotted murder on me either and I have been cursed by powers from Sebastian Thrun’s side for many years. Sebastian Thrun dare not deny to the public his involvment into such fascism crimes till today and I am still waiting to see why he dare not