July 14, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Google is in the business of data, and all of the data shared during today’s Q2 earnings call were predictably surprising. Yes, that’s an oxymoron, but there’s a reason for that.
CEO Larry Page updated some of the stats concerning Android that surprised us last May. During Google I/O, the company said there were more than 310 Android devices, 400,000 activations; 200,000 apps in the Android Market; and 4.5 billion downloads from its customers. Two months later, here are the new numbers shared by Google:
Among the 231 carriers throughout the world who are currently offering Android phones on their networks, there are now more than:
- 400 different Android devices
- 550,000 phones activated each day
- 250,000 apps in the Android Market
- 6 billion downloads (double the downloads from a few months ago)
- 135 million Android devices
Those numbers are predictable because the trends have all indicated that Google and Android would be “on a tear” as Page said, but they are still surprising given how quickly those numbers increase. It was just last month where we predicted that Android would reach 1 million daily activations this December, and we’re starting to get more confident that will happen – maybe even sooner than that. (If you note in the chart we posted in that article, Stephane said Android would have 550k by July 16).
Google+ has grabbed much of the headlines concerning what’s happening at Mountain View, but Android is looking like Google’s biggest strength besides its core search business. Let’s see how long this can hold up to increased competition from Apple and patent demands/lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft against Android devicemakers.