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1.3 million new Android devices are activated daily

Google is certainly not going to be at the forefront of the technology world today with Apple expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone this afternoon. However, that didn't stop Google from taking advantage of an early-morning opportunity to brag about the success of its Android operating system. 
Google has announced that it has 500 million Android devices activated around the world. Google also notes that over 1.3 million new Android devices are added to that total every single day.
The announcement comes from Google's Android director of product management, Hugo Barra. He said, "Today is a big day for Android... 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day."
So far, few Android devices are actually running the latest flavor of the operating system known as Jelly Bean or version 4.1. Right now, Google says that 20.9% of all Android usage is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean has a scant 1.2% of the Android market according to Google.

Barra also mentioned that the Jelly Bean statue was back on the Google lawn along with the other statues denoting various flavors of Android that have launched. That Jelly Bean statue had previously melted in the sun and had to be removed for repairs.

Source: CNET

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By quiksilvr on 9/12/2012 9:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
Hope for another 500 million by next year.

RE: Nice.
By retrospooty on 9/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: Nice.
By theapparition on 9/12/2012 10:13:01 AM , Rating: 5
But, but, one is making money off of Android. Android doesn't innovate, only steals from everyone else. Google is the devil for giving away a free OS.

Android is Doomed™


RE: Nice.
By mdogs444 on 9/12/2012 10:21:57 AM , Rating: 5
My only hope is that wireless carriers knock off the ridiculous data pricing nonsense that is almost making my smartphone pointless to use!

RE: Nice.
By quiksilvr on 9/12/2012 12:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
Fortunately T-Mobile brought back unlimited data. It's nice to have the OPTION, unlike Verizon and AT&T.

RE: Nice.
By One43637 on 9/12/2012 12:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
As a long time, post paid T-Mo customer I welcome the news when it broke. We'll see if I get throttled like before. My limit prior to the announcement was slightly over 5GB before my speed went down.

RE: Nice.
By kmmatney on 9/12/2012 1:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess that they still need to throttle at some point. 5GB is a lot, really, for a phone. Do you watch youtube movies all day?

RE: Nice.
By Samus on 9/12/2012 6:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint has had unlimited data for like 10 years. I don't see the argument about carrier data rape.

Just don't get Verizon or AT&T...

RE: Nice.
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/12/2012 12:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are still throttling after so many gbs, while they say it's unlimited, I don't think it's truly unlimited. I could be wrong though.

RE: Nice.
By GotThumbs on 9/12/2012 1:00:41 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, there are other options.

I use my Droid through the Page-Plus (Verizon network)and pay 29.97 per month. 1200 Talk, 3000 TXT, and 100mb is more than enough for my needs. Just needed to change settings to download updates and email attachments when connected to WiFi. I use the data mostly for Navigation use.

Head on over to the to read the 5 reasons for NOT buying an IPhone5. A realist view is always refreshing.

Best wishes,

RE: Nice.
By mdogs444 on 9/12/2012 3:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have Verizon right now and am grandfathered into the Unlimited 29.95 plan. But after about 3GB of data, it gets throttled to the point that its basically useless for streaming audio/video or sending large email files.

Who is really making money on android?
By tayb on 9/12/2012 10:56:54 AM , Rating: 4

Seriously. These guys are making $5 - $15 for every device sold. Pure profit to boost the bottom line. That's insane to me.

RE: Who is really making money on android?
By Ammohunt on 9/12/2012 11:16:29 AM , Rating: 3
Insane to be making money for their IP? I call that smart business.

RE: Who is really making money on android?
By tayb on 9/12/2012 11:28:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not chastising Microsoft, just pointing out that it is an incredible amount of money that is pure profit. No work involved, the IP already exists and the R&D that led to it has been paid.

By crimson117 on 9/12/2012 11:53:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's a positive return on investment.

It was a risk, though - sometimes, money sunk into R&D produces IP that no one ever wants to license, and the money was wasted.

To determine whether it was maximized profit one has to consider what else they could have done with that money that would have brought an even better ROI.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/12/2012 6:32:23 PM , Rating: 1
It's the amount that's insane, not the IP defense.

Also the fact that Apple infringes on the same IP, however made a deal with Microsoft to "share" patents to get out of paying the same penalty, is frankly bullshit.

Well played Sir Google.
By Boze on 9/12/2012 10:11:26 AM , Rating: 2
A well-timed announcement, and without the leader of the cult to make the presentation, it might take a little steam out of the iPhone 5 release.

RE: Well played Sir Google.
By theapparition on 9/12/2012 10:16:20 AM , Rating: 3
Nope. He's been resurrected.

Apple announces...
By talikarni on 9/12/2012 1:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
... 600 million devices activated (without releasing any verifiable sales data for proof).

Of course there has to be another 400-600 million (or more) Android devices, such as wifi only tablets using non-ARM architecture (like my ViewSonic Viewpad7e with Qualcomm cpu).

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