Android Activations: 1 Million per Day
. That's mind-boggling. The smart-phone sector has really sky-rocketed. And not to play the whole "Android vs. Apple" debate, but there's ...
- 06-12-2012, 4:09 AM #1
Android Activations: 1 Million per Day
That's mind-boggling. The smart-phone sector has really sky-rocketed. And not to play the whole "Android vs. Apple" debate, but there's only about 350 million iOS devices in operation to date. That means in one year there's more Android activations than in the history of iOS.
I think a key point there is the growing adoption of Android in poorer countries. You can get new off-brand Android phones/tablets for under $100. If you want to buy an Apple device, a new one (older model) is minimum $300, or over $600 for the latest model.
Anyway, I think it's incredible how fast smart-phones have really taken off. And as someone working on the network side, it's nice to see I'll have some job security for years to come
Just another little piece of evidence that the smartphone is almost certainly the technology which is penetrating the marketplace the fastest. Of all technologies weíve ever had that is.
Google has let slip that Android activations are running at just under 1 million a day:
Almost a million Android devices are activated every 24 hours, according to Googleís Andy Rubin.
The companyís senior VP of mobile stuff revealed the statistics through Twitter where, after insisting he had no plans to leave Google, claimed ďthere are over 900,000 Android devices activated each dayĒ.
Donít forget that Android isnít the entire market: AppleĎs a feisty competitor in the same space too and there must be at least a few people who buy something based on Windows or the other more minor operating systems for the devices.
The roll out, this adoption, of this new technology is faster than anything that has ever happened. Faster than electricity, washing machines, CD players, radios, seriously, faster than anything that has happened before: yes, even mobile or cellphones themselves.
To put this into some sort of context: 1 million a day is 365 million a year (except in a leap year!) and thatís 5% of the entire human population. There just hasnít been a previous technology with an expansion like this.
OK, some might be less impressed by this than I am: but think on this. What makes us rich is not people inventing a new technology, a new piece of kit. Itís actually us using such new technologies that makes us all rich.
And one more point: a lot of this Android activation is taking place in poor countries (the exact split we donít know or at least I donít) and thatís where itís really important. For we know that in a country without a landline telephone system then an increase of 10 in 100 who have a mobile phone increases GDP growth by 0.5%. Thatís 0.5% of GDP, not just that the growth rate rises by half a percent. Thatís for a mobile phone alone, no one has as yet been able to check on the effects of smartphones. Theyíve just not been around long enough for anyone to be able to collect the data.
Which is something to cheer about, isnít it? That the poor are climbing up out of destitution?
And one prediction: one Iíll not insist upon but which Iíd be prepared to wager a goodly sum upon. Weíve long known that countries that currently do not have extensive landline networks are simply never going to have them. The cost of wiring up every house where there is no network at all is so high in comparison to setting up a wireless network that it will just never happen.
And my prediction is that given the increasing power of smartphones, there will be countries that never do go through the PC age. For I can imagine that in 5 years or so all the computing power youíll ever need will be in a phone so that is what will be bought. Sure, some might add a keyboard or monitor: but I really would bet good money that many currently under or less developed countries just never will go through the PC phase.
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