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Android Godfather Affirms 850,000 Android Activations Everyday, 300,000,000 Android's Worldwide

February 27, 2012

Android is winning once again – big time. According to the “Father of Android”, Andy Rubin, Google is currently activating a staggering number of 850,000 Android devices daily. At this rate, the overall Android population should be somewhere around the 300 million mark including 12 million tablets. Overall, an annual growth of 250%. Wow!

In a meeting with reporters just today, Andy Rubin clarified that the stats are indeed true and very reliable. According to Rubin, Google does not “chop things up” when Android users reset or sell their devices, which means that Google only counts activations once per device via a designated device ID. But, it is important to note that devices that don’t have Google services within their software are not included in the survey. Devices like the Kindle Fire are one of them.

Rubin gives full credit to Google’s constant effort and dedication to set the bar for what is possible:

With a year-on-year growth rate of more than 250%, 850,000 new Android devices are activated each day, jetting the total number of Android devices around the world past 300 million. These numbers are a testament to the break-neck speed of innovation that defines the Android ecosystem.

Andy Rubin’s goal for Android since its conception, has always been for the OS to become an ecosystem that will enable phone manufacturers to build newer and better solutions. “I wasn’t trying to go and commoditize a bunch of people and make all their products look the same,” Rubin said. At Mobile World Congress last year, the Android Market had over 150,000 apps. That number is now three times larger, with over 450,000 apps currently in stock.

With all the amazing Android devices we’re seeing at MWC, how high can Android climb? How’s that for growth? Do you realize, that based off these numbers, nearly 5% of people on the planet have an Android?