Android passes 700,000 daily activations milestone

Android device activations have hit 700,000 a day, according to platform chief Andy Rubin, a huge increase on the 550,000 daily activations Google reported back in July. Over 700,000 Android gadgets – phones and tablets – are now coming online each 24 hours, as the OS continues to accelerate into the lead.

Last month, Google announced that it had passed the 200m activated devices milestone. Perhaps to head off controversy about what, exactly, constitutes a newly activated device, Rubin followed up with a definition:

"...and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service" Andy Rubin, Google

The achievement is the latest stage in a battle between Google and Apple over mobile platform dominance, with Android and iOS squaring off to take the coveted top spot. Android dominates the smartphone space but iOS on the iPad has significant strength in tablets, something Google is hoping to change in 2012 with the launch of the first Ice Cream Sandwich slates.

[via Android Community]