Conspicuously timed ahead of today’s massive iPhone 5 event, Android boss Andy Rubin this morning wrote on Twitter that there are now half a billion Android devices activated around the world. The stunning figure represents a material increase over the stats Google chairman Eric Schmidt shared just a week ago…

Here’s Andy’s tweet:

There have been half a billion android activations to date, with over 1.3 million added every day.

Google’s Hugo Barra corroborated the information in a post over at Google+.

We don’t have up-to-date stats for Apple apart from the updates shared during June quarter’s conference call with investors:

• 410 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in the wild
• 150 million iCloud users
• 650,000 apps in App Store

A week ago, Google chairman Eric Schmidt shared at the unveiling of the new Motorola Razr lineup that the search giant counted a whopping 480 million Android devices in the wild.

The 20 million units increase in seven days amounts to a daily average of 2.9 million activations. That’s in stark contrast to the cited average of 1.3 million daily activations. Such a notable surge can probably be credited to the Googlerola announcement.

If Google continues to activate at least 1.3 million devices each day, this time next year the company will hit the billion devices milestone.

By the way, of all days Andy figured today might be a good day to announce the new Android milestone.


Note: with under an hour left until Apple’s presser, get up to speed with our huge iPhone 5 roundup.

  • who cares 🙂

    • i f

      FUCK YOU JAP CHINK! OBAMA CARES! Romney is racist!

  • Anrdoid News lolz. Don’t care
    Keynote incoming!

    • i f

      if you don’t care about your country than pick romney you stupid ching chong. you’re a racist if you don’t vote OBAMA! be a racist you JAP CHINK! OBAMA cares, OBAMA is fair and doesn’t care about race!

      • ThisBrian

        shut up!

      • i f

        let me guess…ThisBrian is a nigger hating racist! get that shit outta here bro, we are OBAMA nation. racism is gone. go back to your country you fuckin JAP ching chong

      • Your ass has to be banned. Right now.

      • i f

        Tr1pTr0p you’re a racist. ban that

      • ^^^thats the dumbest thing posted on the internet today…

  • i have android and i love it!

    • i f

      do you have OBAMA? if no then you are a racist. take your racism elsewhere you fuckin dirty hindu.

      • Shadowlink

        Dude shut the fuck up

      • i f

        watch out…Shadowlink is a racist! grow up shadow! this is not the 1800s you hindu JAP racist

      • You’re not doing Obama a favor, you know? Annoying fuck.

      • i f

        wow you are just airing out your racialism for everyone! are you proud of being a racialist obama hater? you’re just like the rest of the racist JAPS and hindus out there racializing on everyone

      • I’m a racialistic racialist airing out my racialism? Fascinating. OK, kid, we get it, please leave now.

      • troll alert! hehe racist your face!

      • Shadowlink

        How exactly am i racist again? I am not hindu or jap for your information and why the hell do you assume everybody is from the us?? Lol what a lifeless troll you are, seriously go get a life please or get laid one or the other or at least troll harder kid.

    • Kok Hean

      Enjoy it!

  • lol androids in on every damn POS throw away phone these days.. folks don’t even know or care that this crap phone is running android..lolol

    • My mom doesn’t care the App Store has over half a million apps. All she wants to do on her tablet is watch movies, go on facebook and browse the web here and there. She doesn’t care for anything else, at all. Does she need a $500 tablet for that? I don’t think so.
      Stop pretending how every iOS user knows even what “OS” stands for. Vast majority of users (on both sides) are simple everyday people who aren’t interested in those kinds of things.

      • i f

        stop spreading racialism all over the internet like the stinky hindu you are. either pick OBAMA or join KKK. the choice is yours

  • Lordthree

    Amazingly low! They’re only slightly ahead of Apples iOS numbers! And they’re counting EVERYTHING with android market! Wow. Just wow.

    Apple could easily pass their half billion number by xmas

  • Kok Hean

    180,468,000,000 devices a year. Seems legit.

    • i f

      180,468,000,000 racists who don’t support OBAMA. you MUST be racist. OBAMA is against racialism!

      • Kok Hean

        Mr “i f”, I would like to politely request you to stop posting irrelevant replies to people on this blog. My comment has nothing to do with racism and it doesn’t even link to people, just Android devices. I really don’t see how my comment is related to racism at all. I am not even from the United States of America. So technically, I cannot help you in your problem of supporting Barrack Obama in the presidential elections. I must say that you’re quite interesting, actually. You called Hindus dirty, and Japanese people “chinks”. To top that, you even used the “N” word for no reason at all. And you’re calling other people racist. Really interesting personality you got there, Mr “i f”. I think a word that fits you is the word “hypocrite”. Now, don’t take that the offensive way, I’m just being honest. If you can change the way you think, people won’t dislike you for spamming blog posts.

        Overall, just reply with relevant information 🙂