Android device activations rocket past 700,000 a day
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is now activating more than 700,000 new Android-powered devices every day according to a Google+ post by the company's senior vice president of mobile Andy Rubin. "...and for those wondering, we count each device only once (i.e., we don't count re-sold devices), and 'activations' means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service," Rubin added in a follow-up post.
Rubin last updated Android's growth in late June 2011--at that time, activations topped 500,000 a day, increasing at a pace of 4.4 percent every week. At its annual I/O developer conference in mid-May, Google reported that daily Android activations topped the 400,000 mark, up from 100,000 roughly a year earlier.
Android powers 52.5 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide during the third quarter of 2011, more than doubling its global market share over a year ago, according to data issued last month by research firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones topped 60 million during the third quarter, more than tripling sales of Symbian-based products at 19.5 million
The ongoing growth of the Android platform corresponds with increasing demand for applications optimized for Android devices. Earlier this month, Google announced that consumers have downloaded more than 10 million apps from its Android Market storefront, up from 6 billion six months earlier. Google adds that Android Market users now download more than 1 billion apps per month.
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