The Android wave is turning tsunami, with the latest announcement from Google that over 300,000 Android smartphones are activated every day, which is a massive exponential increase on the figure earlier this year.
Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google revealed the news in a tweet today: “There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day.”
Compare that to the 200,000 mark that Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, announced in August of this year, or better yet the 60,000 mark that was recorded in April, and there’s no denying that this is some pretty substantial growth.
Some will deny it anyway, like Steve Jobs, CEO of Google rival Apple, who has said that Google was bending its figures when it passed the 200,000 milestone. He accussed Google of counting phone updates as new subscriptions which would artificially boost the number and make the real daily activations significantly lower.
Google denied the claim, saying: “The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services.”
If this is true then there’s possibly thousands more activations of Android phones that lack Google services, further boosting the number. And what about tablets? While the Android tablet flood has only barely hit the shore now, we’re certain there are at least going to be many activations of them a day.
Apple claimed it had 230,000 daily activations in response to Google’s 200,000, but a few months on, what is its new tally? Has it jumped at least 70,000 to match Google, has it kept its lead, or has it slipped behind?
That information most likely won’t be shared until Jobs works out a way to try to discredit Android’s success, which, even from a completely neutral standpoint, is fairly phenomenal.
While we cannot discount Apple’s own success with the iPhone and other iOS devices, the pace at which Google’s OS is growing, primarily in this year alone, shows just how much hunger there is for a strong alternative, particularly one that offers an open source platform.
It’s interesting to predict when exactly the stampeding little green robot will slow down. Apple would like it to be now, but from what we know will just increase in the coming year, with the release of high-end dual-core smartphones and dozens of tablets, it looks like we’ll be seeing Android hit the 400,000 mark soon enough.