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Rubin staying at Google, Android at 900,000 activations/day

updated 06:19 am EDT, Mon June 11, 2012

Rubin scotches rumors, Android at 900,000 daily activations

Andy Rubin has scotched rumors suggesting that he may have been leaving Google. Tech commentator Robert Scoble had suggested Rubin could have been headed to tech start-up CloudCar headed by a former Apple Distinguised Engineer Konstantin Othmer. The rumor gained enough momentum over the weekend that Rubin responded to them by tweeting that he has 'No plans to leave Google.

Rubin later took to his Google+ account to explain his connection to CloudCar. Apparently Rubin has given free office space in his incubator in Los Altos, which had given rise to the false rumor. He also added that he has offered space to another start-up Revel Touch, which he calls another 'cool company.' To drive home the point, Rubin reconfirmed that he is not about to join either company and has no plans to leave Google.

With Apple set to launch its latest salvo in the iOS versus Android wars later today with its latest round of enhancements in iOS 6, Rubin also took the opportunity stick another thorn the side of his former Cupertino colleagues. According to Rubin, '...there are [now] over 900,000 android devices activated each day.' Although a number of his followers have asked what the breakdown is of the number, it marks another significant step forward since he last tweeted in December that Android activations had reached 700,000 daily .




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  1. lkrupp

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    +7

    Something not quite right...

    With that kind of uptake (if true) iOS should be dead and buried by now. But iOS market share continues to increase at a healthy rate. Developers are overwhelmingly iOS first and Android second or not at all. The vast majority of Android devices are running 2.x.x. ICS is only about 7.5% of the and Jelly Bean probably won't do any better. Google apparently makes more money on iOS than Android according to some research. The list goes on.

    Rubin may or may not be pulling our leg but Apple doesn't appear to have much to worry about. Frankly I think the number of activations quoted is much ado about nothing.

  1. Greengo

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    About those numbers...

    Keep in mind that Rubin (and Google) have never stated what qualifies to be counted as "activated". But I'm sure this includes everything Android, including the Google TVs, etc. We can debate whether these should be included, it does show why Apple doesn't seem to be concerned or affected by these "stats".

  1. Jubeikiwagami

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    -3

    Given away

    a** that to devices given away for free. Also companies IT departments that rolls them out to their poor employees.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: something not quite right

    Yes, because there's only a limited market, so if one goes up, the other HAS to go down. Thus, they're making stuff up. That's the only explanation.

    It can't be that both Android and iOS devices are growing in size. Nah, that can't be it.

  1. testudo

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    Re: About those numbers

    Keep in mind that Rubin (and Google) have never stated what qualifies to be counted as "activated". But I'm sure this includes everything Android, including the Google TVs, etc.

    And doesn't Apple's activation's number count all iOS devices, including Apple TVs? What's your point?

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +2

    The Tizen Meme

    Hey Andy - if you want to work on truly open software, you could jump ship and become a mover and shaker in the Tizen world. It's like Android without all that spying and Googlespam.

    Oh, and just for meme completeness -- maybe you could become a VP at Samsung. The one company actually making money selling iPhone clones.

  1. SockRolid

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    +2

    Next major Android release

    @ lkrupp - maybe Jelly Bean should be renamed to Fruitcake. Sweet, yes. And free (as in always gifted, never bought.)

    Oh, and just for meme completeness -- nobody actually wants fruitcake. We'll see if it can beat Ice Cream Sandwich's 7.1% Android device install base after seven long months. Highly doubtful.

  1. Infinitewill

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    Someone can't add

    900,000 per day would be +/- 328,000,000 A YEAR? I am calling B.S. Do any of these companies tell the truth? Google has turned into the biggest bunch of liars (an I.P. thieves) in the biz

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    You need to know...

    .... that Android devices are "activated" at the manufacturer, so all Rubin is quoting is the number of Android devices being manufactured each days - to subsequently sit on shelves at stores, unsold. It's. o different than manufacturers quoting "shipping" numbers, which mean diddly compared to actual units sold or usage numbers.

    Seeing as how Google has admitted to making significantly more money from iOS, we know what platform is actually being *used* more. As another commenter pointed out - there's a reason why Apple isn't worried. They know Rubin is lying.

    Pity he's not being fired yet - it would benefit Google to do so. I would have figured after it became obvious his push to buy Motorola was a pointless waste of $13 billion dollars, someone would have suggested he be fired. Oh well.

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