Dec. 21, 2011 at 6:02 PM ET
Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, says there are "now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day," sharing the news on Google's social networking site, G+. (Rubin put the words "Bureau of Android Statistics" under his name on the site.)
"... and for those wondering, 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" for Android on a phone or tablet, he added, a few minutes after his original post.
The numbers are more than double those reported by Google a year ago, when the company said there were 300,000 Android devices being activated daily.
Google's wireless competitors, including Apple, don't share such activation stats. But in order to give you a bit of context, we crunched a daily sales number for Apple's iPads and iPhones. Based on the last Apple quarterly report, approximately 315,000 were sold every day during the quarter ending Sept. 24.
Android's share of the smartphone market has continued to climb. Last month, The NPD Group said Android was on 44 percent of all smartphones purchased in the U.S. in the third quarter, an increase of 11 percent from the second quarter. Apple's iOS "held relatively steady versus last quarter, rising one percentage point to 23 percent; RIM OS, fell to third position, declining from 28 percent to 22 percent."
Rubin's comments on G+ have drawn lots of "yays" from Android users, and some "nays" from those frustrated by the different versions of Android operating systems on phones, and the inability to update the operating system depending on the version and the phone they have.
Rubin's G+ post served as a means for users to vent. One, named Gaurang Dave, wrote: "I too am an Android user and huge fan of the operating system ... but my only issue is the OS upgrade ... I just bought a new device couple of months ago ... and now am sure that there is no way I can update the OS ... unless I root it and risk bricking my phone ... Andy please fix this ... and find a way so that user(s) can easily upgrade their phone(s)."