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Android at 400K activations per day, 200K apps, 100m devices

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2011

Android hits 400,000 activations per day

Google started off its just-wrapped Google I/O day one keynote with progress on how Android was growing. The platform is now up to 400,000 activations per day, up from 300,000 in December. Its growth rate had helped the platform reach 100 million total devices since it started off in October 2008.

The company also said it had managed to cross 200,000 active apps in Android Market. Its milestone is the first official piece of data since reaching the 120,000-app mark last year. Companies have been mentioning the 150,000-app mark in press releases but have never had the figure independently mentioned by Google.

Google's data puts Android's library at more than half the officially claimed Apple figure for the first time, with the iOS App Store having had about 350,000 apps at its last official count and 371,185 listed in unofficial stats today. The figure nonetheless shoots down optimistic estimates that Android Market would pass the App Store by August, since those figures had Android at 294,738 apps, well above reality.

Apple's iOS activation rate hasn't recently been updated and might not be until WWDC early next month. Its tally may still be ahead of Google's, though, since any gap in phones may be made up for both through the iPod touch and the iPad, which makes up 82 percent of tablets in the US and similar levels elsewhere. Android 3.0 has so far been slow to start with just 250,000 Xooms in the winter and few companies ready to sell significant numbers in the spring.

Unlike last year, Google I/O 2011 focused relatively little on attacking Apple apart from mild ribbing at the beginning, such as an image illustrating Android's perceived success (below). The 2010 day two event tried to cast Apple as an Orwellian regime that needed Android to break.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Should we start the Apple Death Spiral Clock? It's been started by the haters and pundits many times in the past so why not now? Somehow I don't think the haters will get their wish anytime soon though.

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969


    happy to say..

    that I'm not a participant; always prefere the "small, well-tuned" to the gultonous mass (even if they're protrayed as cute). 'Tis old, triffle and stuffy dribble that drips from the corner of mouths...


  1. Oliver_Clozoff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Free OS and 2-for-1 Phones: Wow

    What do you expect when Google flings out a free OS (whose goal really is to lock you in and sell you ads) to the masses, then offer phones "buy one get one free"? No thank you.

    For serious (and informed) smartphone buyers, iPhone is the way to go. Synergy, baby, synergy! Apple has it and the legion of Android-based Frankenstein phones doesn't!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iFans, please, be cheerfull!

    Apple will not stay still, once used to being THE big guy, the company - with or without Jobs, will not relinquish it's leadership easily, and will do whatever it can to keep the bottom line as high as it can for as long as it can.

    Maybe it will drop the proprietary connectors we all hate, this would seem odd for Apple, but it has done weirder things before, (like dropping CD for DVD burners) that now seem bold visionary moves

    Apple has never been about making the products everybody (not even most people), use; but rather "the best" - albeit this might be arguable for some certainly not for it's followers.

    The fact that it's loosing leadership in overall sale numbers, does not mean it has stopped being the leader in interface design; on the contrary NOW it's the time it will come out with the most avant-garde ideas and solutions.

    So unless you are a paranoid stockholder constantly worrying about the last minute values of the stock exchange, these are actually good news.

    Say in the "worst case" scenario Apple shrinks back to the same level of penetration on mobile platforms it has on desktops (1 in 10 on the US & half that for the rest of the world?) Apple's fans bragging wrights will actually increase, they will get back to being the kid on the block with the shiniest electronic device.

    Be happy, for the best (for consumers - not stockholders that is) is yet to come!

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011


    Forget the article

    That picture is cute.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android for junk

    I recently received a free Android tablet with $79 cleaning products, pure junk with a flimsy plastic-film screen but it counts in the statistics.

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