During the I/O Event that took place in the beginning of May, Google announced that about 400,000 Android devices were activated daily. Less than two months have passed since that announcement, and now Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering and the one responsible for the Android platform, says the number of daily activated Android devices has grown to 500,000.
“There are now 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w,” reads his recent tweet.
According to IDC, not so long ago Android lost a bit of its market share (for the first time since 2009), but not because it had low sales or something. Just the iPhone4 from Verizon was really popular and had great sales, grabbing a bigger market share. But anyway, Android devices are still selling well, and besides, Android is the most popular platform among developers at the moment – 67 percent of them create apps and software for Google’s OS, and I guess this fact is unlikely to change in the nearest future.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t announce how many iPhone devices are activated every day, so it’s rather difficult to compare Apple and Google. But we know that Apple activated 18.1 million devices in the second quarter of this year (January-March), and about 180 million iPhones during a year (March 2010-March 2011). 180 million/365 days = about 295.890,4. So it seems like less than 300,000 iPhones running iOS are activated by Apple daily.
But remember, it’s not really correct to compare Apple’s iOS with Google’s Android, since Apple sells only one single smartphone based on iOS, and there are many, many manufacturers (Motorola and HTC are perhaps the biggest ones among them) that develop and sell Android-based smartphones.how many iphones are activated each day
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