Google says 1.5 million Android devices are activated each day, same number as in April

July 19, 2013
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    During Google’s Q2 2013 earnings call, Larry Page mentioned some statistics about Android, but some of those numbers are similar to what the company announced a few months ago.

    According to the speech the CEO gave during the call (transcript available at Source link below), 1.5 million Android devices are activated each day, which is an impressive accomplishment for a five-year old mobile operating system.

    However, we’ll point out that back in April, Eric Schmidt mentioned the same number of daily activations.

    Moreover, the total number of Android device activations is still at “more than 900 million,” which is what the company announced back in mid-May at Google I/O 2013.

    The only number that has changed is the total number of app downloads. Page said that over 50 billion apps have already been downloaded from the Play Store, with Google paying “more money to Android developers this year than in the whole of 2012.” At I/O, the company said that 48 billion apps had been downloaded.

    Can Android grow even more, or has it reached a maximum? We’ve often wondered how much more the platform can expand, especially considering that in certain regions the smartphone market may already be saturated.

    That said, the following months are going to bring a few interesting devices, so we’ll certainly wait to see what numbers Google will report for Android in October.

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    • Valtheus

      Even if the actual number is not right, and say its one mil point something, its still a lot. I don’t see why the platform would have reached its maximum. I think there is still much room to expand, especially as the OS is getting better and better, compared to iOS and Windows OS.

      • descendency

        There is a lot of room to expand, but most of that room is in areas that are either poor or have societal norms that don’t like technology.

        That was what Google was talking about during their IO Keynote (you may have missed it with how LOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG that was.)

        • Valtheus

          I am not sure if those are the only areas they can expand. I mean i have turned from being a hardcore iOS fan to android, and i am not a part of the areas you mentioned.

    • Tristan Cook

      Does this figure include re-activating a phone after switching ROMS? If I look in my google play devices page it lists more than Nexus 4 for each ROM I have used after a reset (which has happened quite a few times.)

      • Android wins!

        I also think, that the re-activating a phone, also means flashing a new ROM. But I don’t think that most of the 1.5 Million phones would be just reflashed. IMHO, the maximum percentage of phones, activated after flashing a new ROM, won’t be more than 10-15% of the whole numbers. If we count only new bought phones, there should still be more than 1 Million phones activated everyday.

      • descendency

        As I understand it, there are unique identifiers in phones that allow them to determine when a device has activated.

        Still, I doubt modders amount to more than 1% of Android.

      • xoj_21

        no, each phone have single imei

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