Google Records 500 Million Android Activations

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Posted 5 years ago

The major talking point of the mobile tech world this week may have belonged to Apple, but arch rival Google has also revealed some very significant news. Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system and end of Q2 figures had the Google-owned OS at 68.1% of the global market compared to the 16.9% share of Apple’s iOS. Therefore, Google’s announcement that Android activations have reached 500 million is one that could really put a dampener on Apple’s party.

Android director of product management Hugo Barra revealed the news in a blog on Google+, simply stating:

“Today is a big day for Android… 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day.”

Android’s popularity across the world becomes even clearer when you consider the numbers from June this year. At the Google I/O conference, the search provider announced that Android activations had reached 400 million and that the rate of activations stood at one million per day. Following that, a little over a week ago, Tech 2 reported from Motorola’s press event in New York as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that activations had increased to 1.3 million per day. In little over two months, Android has activated 100 million mobile devices!

Operating Systems

So with all of these activations, which of Google’s operating systems are people using? Well, according to this month’s figures from the Android Developer’s website, Google’s latest OS 4.1 Jelly Bean is running on 1.2% of devices; 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is growing steadily and accounts for 20% of all devices and the ever-popular 2.3 Gingerbread is used on a massive 57.2% of all Android devices.

With Android becoming more and more popular with each passing day, and shipping four phones to Apple’s one during the last quarter, Apple’s new iPhone 5 is under a lot of pressure to perform. The Android ICS Samsung Galaxy S3 has shipped 20 million units alone in the past three months. Apple will need the iPhone 5 to surpass this total for it to be regarded a success.

From Google’s point of view, despite the recent patent case between Apple and Samsung, everything is looking rosy in the Android garden.

– Anthony Carter

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