Google accosts us with Android stats at Google I/O 2011

May 10, 2011 | by Chris Smith

Google Android


Well, well, well, it’s Google I/O time and with that comes some crazy stats about Google’s growth over the year. Most importantly, Android has grown to be the one of the most dominate smartphone operating system and is by no means slowing down. Of course, you knew that already, right?

Bet you didn’t know about these stats, though. Right now Google is throwing out some growth stats of the Android OS, and they are pretty big. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers that Google deems important:

100 million Android activations

Since Android launched in 2008, 100 million people across the world have chosen it as their mobile operating system.


That is a really crazy number of companies that are using Android in their devices. What I think would be more important to see is the top 5 or so and their percentages compared to the other smaller unknown manufacturers. Also, with that many OEMs we will continue to see, dare I say it? Fragmentation.

215 carriers

What this!? I didn’t even know there were that many carriers!? I suppose that this means that the phone are available specifically on their networks, not just usable on their networks.

450,000 Android developers

Once again, it would be nice to see the top developers compared to the lesser and unknown ones.

310 devices in 112 countries

Wow, 310 devices and you expect me to make one app for all of them?

200,000 Android apps

Yeah, but some of them are pure crap. Just like in Apple’s App Store. I never liked this statistic as it doesn’t show the whole picture of the state of applications in the store.

400,000 daily activations

Impressive. Enough said.

Took Android 2 years to get 1 billion app installs, then took 5 months to get 2nd billion, then 1 billion in the past 60 days.

And then 1 billion more in 30 days, one billion more in 30 seconds. You get the idea.

4.5 billion app installs

I have to say that these numbers are extremely impressive, yet at the same time they don’t tell the whole story. Like I commented above, the idea of 36 OEMs and 450,000 Android developers doesn’t tell us too much. I would like to see the big guys in these categories compared to the lesser known ones. Also, do these developers count as registered developers or developers that have actually created active apps in the app store.

I’m sure as these stats at Google I/O start to pour out we will see better explanations of all of them. And trust me, this is not the last time we will see these stats; Apple’s WDC is just around the corner, and you know how Mr. Job’s and company like to debunk good ol’ Android stats.