Google claims that 300,000 Android phones are activated every day. At least, that is what Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering, claimed last night on his Twitter account – according to a Network World report. Why would he say that? Well, people do enjoy big numbers, particularly if they support and use your device, but it has importance for another reason: it shows that Android is beating Apple’s iPhone. Apple claims that its daily activation number is 270,000.
Andrew Gomez of AndroidGuys points out that this is very important to Google.
"Does this mean that more Android phones are currently being purchased than iPhones?" asks Gomez. "Generally, iPhone activations are always brought up at Apple events and keynotes. It’s going to be interesting to see how Apple will react to or counter Rubin’s statement."
Of course, when you think about it, Android had better have more activations than iPhone. After all, it is simply available on more platforms and offered by more carriers than Apple’s iOS.
Google claimed during its first quarter financial results that Android activations were around 65,000 per day. By mid-year, that number jumped to 200,000, according to Google’s claims.
PC World’s Daniel Ionescu points out that it’s hard to completely trust any of these numbers because Google and Apple do not provides data on how these figures are calculated.
Still, people that follow these sorts of things, like Network World and the other web sites we’ve mentioned, don’t think the figures being thrown around by Google are outlandish.
Research firm Gartner has projected that by the end of the year sales of Android devices will exceed those based on the BlackBerry OS and iOS, putting the platform in second place behind Symbian as the world’s most-used mobile operating system.
Source: Network World