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Android activations hit 300,000 per day

updated 07:40 am EST, Thu December 9, 2010

Android now up to 300K activations each

Google's engineering VP Andy Rubin in a terse Twitter update said Android's activation rate was up to 300,000 per day. The post came in an apparent attempt to quell suspicions of a slowdown in growth and was a significant jump from earlier figures that put it at 214,000 per day. Its numbers always touch on new devices but also include tablets, e-readers and MP3 players as well as smartphones.

About 16,700 per day are the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which reached one million in two months. The slate at the current growth would account for about five percent of Android's share. Barnes & Noble may also have played a role, since it now ships 18,000 Nook Colors per day and a likely larger number of e-paper Nook readers, all of which use Android.

The new benchmark is a 50 percent jump over 200,000 in August and shows both expanded sales of phones like the Galaxy S line as well as the early effect of tablets from major manufacturers. A heavier bias towards non-phone devices now makes it more difficult to gauge competitiveness in given categories.

Apple hasn't updated its own activation rate, which at its September 1 iPod event was reaching 230,000 iOS devices per day. The figure is likely to have increased sharply since then, both owing to the usual holiday sales increase but also to Apple's supply increasing to catch up with demand. It has similarly expanded distribution of the iPad and iPhone to more countries and retailers.

Android may get a larger kick in the first few months of next year, when multiple companies should ship a slew of new flagship phones such as the Motorola Olympus as well as a slew of new tablets from HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and other companies that have promised or are known to be working on new hardware.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Foe Hammer

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    (Channeling Ronald Reagan)

    Well, there he goes again.

  1. Gazoobee

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    Apple ...

    ... doesn't include iPad in it's activations numbers though. So the figures are cooked, and highly suspicious even if we didn't know that.

    If Steve Jobs is willing to publicly accuse Google of fixing the numbers (and he did), I'm going to go with the probability that he is telling the truth here. He's not the type of CEO and Apple isn't the type of company, to lie about stuff like that only to make it *appear* like they are winning.

    They *are* winning, they don't need to lie. Google does, and has a past history of stretching the truth in their favour in press releases.

  1. not4thefaintofheart

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    It's easy....

    Just take the day with the largest activation i.e. a BOGO day and that is the number of activation per day. That is how you go from 214,000 activations last week to 300,000. We are talking about Google. "Per day" activations don't mean the same thing. Just like a Nexus 2 doesn't mean a second generation Nexus phone.

  1. mdsharp

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    And when Verizon iPhone ships...

    And once the Verizon iPhone ships next year, the iPhone activations will go through the roof :-)

  1. jamck1977

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    I think it's funny

    It's funny that we attempt to compare Android OS activations to iOS products. Android is a free operating system used in a gamut of devices made by numerous manufacturers. iOS is on 4 devices (if you don't count memory and cell 3g options) made by one company (well, built by a few factories for one company). Even so, it's surprising how well iOS compares in numbers and Google is certainly making a killing with their ad revenues.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Apple ...

    ... doesn't include iPad in it's activations numbers though. So the figures are cooked, and highly suspicious even if we didn't know that.

    Since when? The article above stated "Apple hasn't updated its own activation rate, which at its September 1 iPod event was reaching 230,000 iOS devices per day. " The iPad is an iOS device, right?

    Maybe it's time to get a new party line.

    If Steve Jobs is willing to publicly accuse Google of fixing the numbers (and he did), I'm going to go with the probability that he is telling the truth here.

    "Telling the truth"? What does that mean? Steve said he suspected Google was including 'upgrades' in their numbers. Where did he get this info? Was it based on some insider knowledge? Or just the assumption that Android devices couldn't sell that many per day, so it must be wrong.

    And even if Google included upgrades in those numbers, how many would that be? 20? For you all keep telling us how Android is so fractured and all the phones out there aren't upgradable to the newer versions of Android. Now, all of a sudden Google's upgrading tons of phones a day? Get your stories right.

    Plus, that number is just the number of activations with Google. Android only activates with Google if the device has Google software on it. If a company just used the 'open' Android, Google wouldn't get any activations. So the number of actual devices is probably even higher.

    He's not the type of CEO and Apple isn't the type of company, to lie about stuff like that only to make it *appear* like they are winning.

    Oh, that's right. Apple is the only righteous and non-corrupt company out there. All the rest of them are lying and stealing and thieves and make stuff up to make it appear they are better off than they are.

  1. dpicardi

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    "Up to" is the operative word.

    In order for this to be true they only have to do it once. Nice attempt at spinning it favorably.

    Smart people know you don't make statements this weak/ambiguous until you have to.

  1. wrenchy

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    Why is everyone


    getting worked up over 300,000 activations a day??

    We all know it has nothing to do with market share. Right?

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