The rise of Android continues, with Google’s Andy Rubin reporting that the astonishing total of 700,000 Android devices were now being activated every day.
Some quibbling and nit-picking followed his claim, compelling him to go into further detail about exactly what counts as an “activation.”
We count each device only once (ie, 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.
This latest figure charts a bumper year for Google: in May 2011, the company announced that 400,000 Android handsets were being switched on every day, making up a bumper total of 200 million activated handsets by November 2011.
With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset already out and picking up plaudits and the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich OS update being equally well received, things are certainly looking bright for the Android platform in 2012.