Android boss Andy Rubin revealed the latest figures on the number of Android devices activated globally so far via his Twitter account. As tweeted by Rubin, the figure stands at 500 million android activations to date.
The announcement comes with just hours to go for Apple's iPhone event
. It also follows Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's announcement
at a Motorola press event where he revealed that 1.3 million Android devices are being activated each day. He also stated that 70,000 of these devices are Android tablets.
Back in June
this year, Rubin took to Twitter to reveal that the number of Android device activations on a daily basis stood at 900,000, which was up by 50,000 as announced at the Mobile World Congress.
In the same month, Google at its annual I/O Developer Conference revealed that it is now activating a million new Android devices every day, which indicated a whopping 150% increase from 400,000 activations in 2011. It further stated that there are over 400 million Android devices
in consumer hands right now. This figure was just around 100 million in 2011. Going by the calculation, Google is activating 12 new devices every second, every single day.
Since its inception in 2007, the Android OS has seen a steady growth in the number of users. Within 5 years of its release, it has become the leading smartphone platform universally with a 68.1% market share of all smartphones shipped during the last quarter as reported by International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,Timeline (Daily Android device activations)
September 12, 2012: 1,300,000 devices
June 27, 2012: 1,000,000 devices
Feb 27, 2012: 850,000 devices
Dec21, 2011: 700,000 devices
July 15, 2011: 550,000 devices
June 28, 2011: 500,000 devices
May 10, 2011: 400,000 devices
Feb 24, 2011: 350,000 devices
Dec 9, 2010: 300,000 devices
Aug 4, 2010: 200,000 devices