500,000 Android activations per day says Rubin

Posted on Jun 28 2011 - 6:11pm by Thomas Sharp

More than half a million Android devices are activated every day, and growth in gadgets running the Google-developed software is increasing weekly, according to a tweet from Google Android chief Andy Rubin.

“There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day,” tweeted Rubin.

Rubin’s announcement came seven months after he announced that 300,000 Android phones were activated by carriers each day. Two month’s before that, Google’s Eric Schmidt said that there were 200,000 activations daily.

Rubin also said that the activation of Android devices grows at 4.4 percent week on week.

Since December, the company has unveiled the Android Honeycomb, the new version of the mobile OS designed for tablets. Google has announced in April an Android update to version 2.3.4, which contained bug fixes and support for voice and video chat with Google Talk. A few weeks later, it opened the company’s Google I/O conference by announcing the new Honeycomb version called “Ice Cream Sandwich” release, as well as music, movies and accessories.

Google is not going to face what Apple is going to throw their way this summer. Apple, which usually unveils a new smartphone in June, hast kept consumers waiting for its next-generation iPhone. Their latest press event focused more on the Mac OS X Lion and the iOs 5, which will make its debut in autumn.

A recent report by the IDC said that 40 percent of the market will be captured by Android in the second half of 2011. The report also said that Android will grow its market share to 43.8 percent by 2015.

With the continuing growth of Android devices, how will Apple’s iOS stand against its rival?

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