October 13, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
After announcing today that it earned almost $10 billion in the past 3 months, Google once again shared figures showing its growth. CEO Larry Page revealed that Google+ has more than 40 million users, who have shared more than 3.4 billion photos since the program launched. All of this was done in the “incredibly early days” before registration was even open to the public. And this is still just the beginning according to Google’s chief executive.
“Our ultimate ambition is to transform the overall Google experience, making it beautifully simple, and almost automagically,” Page said during Google’s Q3 2011 earnings call.
Android plays a large role in that vision, and Page was excited to speak about Google’s mobile operating system. As we approach the release of Ice Cream Sandwich at next week’s press event in Hong Kong, Page teased “You won’t believe what we have managed to do in this release.”
But what has Google already managed to do with previous versions? Page confirmed that Android now has more than 190 million global activations. That’s up from the 135 million reported in Q2 2011, meaning that Google has activated about 611,000 devices per day in the most recent quarter. That’s well short of 750,000 daily activations that we expected Google to reach by now, but still a staggering number. The daily activations were 550,000 just three months ago.
UPDATE: This post originally said that Google+ has 40 million active users. However, Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land reports that Google+ actually has 40 million sign-ups, which includes people who may have stopped using the service.