550,000 Android devices now activated every day

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As well as announcing the that 10 million users had signed up to the new Google+ social network, Google CEO Larry Page took Thursday’s quarterly earnings call to reveal the latest statistics for the Android platform. And it’s all looking rather rosy for Google’s mobile OS.

Daily Android device activations have now reached a whopping 550,000 a day, a figure Page labelled “crazy”. It’s led to a total of 130 million active Android devices worldwide, up 30 million from the 100 million devices Google boasted of at their I/O conference in May.

Android Market app sales figures are looking great too, with 6 billion sold so far. It’s a huge leap over Google’s earlier predictions of 4.5 billion app sales by this time.

Of course, these figures are still overshadowed by iOS and iPhone’s dominance; 200 million iOS devices have been sold as of last month, with iTunes App Store sales topping 15 billion.

but given that Android is still only 3 years old, they’re very healthy numbers for Google. Given the rate at which the platform is growing, there could quite easily be over 220 million Android units activated by Christmas.

Gerald Lynch

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