updated 05:45 pm EST, Mon December 6, 2010
Android activations hit 214K per day in slowdown
Google's Android sales rate may have leveled off, according to details the company gave out with the Nexus S launch on Monday. It reported that it was activating about 1.5 million Android devices of all kinds each week, or just over 214,000 devices each day. The figure is just a small step up from 200,000 per day in August and a much smaller increase than with its previous growth rate.
The number would also come in spite of the addition of tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which accounted for one million sales in its two months in stores. Google's activation rates only for smartphones may have been virtually unchanged as a result, since it would have had to activate about 16,700 Galaxy Tabs each day.
A slowdown was inevitable as every platform matures, since the company has a practical ceiling to the limit of the number of people it can reach. Google also may clarify its results with Engineering VP Andy Rubin's appearance at D: Dive Into Mobile tonight or else another event. The company hasn't commented on the figures.
If consistent, the activation rate would nonetheless come at a dangerous time for Google, which is in the height of a holiday shopping where Apple is expected to ship more than the 14.1 million iPhones from summer with a healthier supply and wider distribution. A Verizon iPhone next year could also dampen Google's results by drawing away customers that had wanted an iPhone but weren't willing to jump to AT&T. [via Fortune]