December 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
“There are 300,000 Android phones activated each day.”
That was the brief tweet sent out by Andy Rubin late last night, but the Google VP of Engineering’s words speak volumes. Though it was already impressive to hear the last confirmed daily activation totals – more than 200,000 – the latest numbers show that Android’s growth has yet to stall.
The ever-increasing popularity of Android has been illustrated by recent stats from a variety of sources. Roughly 3 out of 10 American mobile consumers own a smartphone, and as more people upgrade from feature or messaging phones, Android has been the platform of choice. Rubin recently revealed that there are more than 175 phone models running Android, and that is likely to increase as phones like the LG Optimus One prove to be just as affordable as messaging phones but far more powerful.
If the current pace of Android activations held true for all of 2011, there would be nearly 110 million new Android devices in the wild. The number will be much higher if Android’s current adoption rate is any sign, but it could just as easily taper off with a smaller pool of smartphone buyers left to convert and increased competition from rivals.
Then again, we haven’t seen what type of effect a new wave of tablets will have on Android numbers. Google better get its calculators ready.
There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day.
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