updated 07:40 am EST, Thu December 9, 2010
Android now up to 300K activations each
Google's engineering VP Andy Rubin in a terse Twitter update said Android's activation rate was up to 300,000 per day. The post came in an apparent attempt to quell suspicions of a slowdown in growth and was a significant jump from earlier figures that put it at 214,000 per day. Its numbers always touch on new devices but also include tablets, e-readers and MP3 players as well as smartphones.
About 16,700 per day are the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which reached one million in two months. The slate at the current growth would account for about five percent of Android's share. Barnes & Noble may also have played a role, since it now ships 18,000 Nook Colors per day and a likely larger number of e-paper Nook readers, all of which use Android.
The new benchmark is a 50 percent jump over 200,000 in August and shows both expanded sales of phones like the Galaxy S line as well as the early effect of tablets from major manufacturers. A heavier bias towards non-phone devices now makes it more difficult to gauge competitiveness in given categories.
Apple hasn't updated its own activation rate, which at its September 1 iPod event was reaching 230,000 iOS devices per day. The figure is likely to have increased sharply since then, both owing to the usual holiday sales increase but also to Apple's supply increasing to catch up with demand. It has similarly expanded distribution of the iPad and iPhone to more countries and retailers.
Android may get a larger kick in the first few months of next year, when multiple companies should ship a slew of new flagship phones such as the Motorola Olympus as well as a slew of new tablets from HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and other companies that have promised or are known to be working on new hardware.