Google I/O by the numbers: 900 million Android activations

Google I/O by the numbers: 900 million Android activations

Summary: UPDATED: Two years ago, Google revealed there were at least 100 million activations for Android. A year ago, Google celebrated 400 million.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Kicking off Google I/O on a high note, executives confirmed that there have been 900 million activations for devices running Android so far.

Two years ago, Google revealed there were at least 100 million activations for Android. A year ago, Google celebrated 400 million.

"The momentum has been breathtaking since then," said Sundar Pichai, senior vice present of the Android, Chrome and Apps teams, during Wednesday morning's keynote.

To any fragmentation naysayers, Pichai described it as "an extraordinary ecosystem achievement," but quipped to laugher that there's still a long way to go.

Furthermore, there had been 48 billion application installs on Google Play.

Without revealing a specific price tag, Hugo Barra, vice president of Android product management at Google, added that revenue per user is 2.5 times what it was a year ago, globally.

Other numbers to know:

  • 6,000: Approximate number of in-person attendees at Moscone West this week
  • 1 million: Estimated number of people streaming opening I/O keynote on YouTube
  • 750 million+: Active Chrome users
  • 41: Number of updates rolling out for Google Plus alone
  • 200 countries: Now detailed on Google Maps
  • 50 countries: Covered in Street View imagery
  • 1 million: Websites integrating Google Maps onto their sites

Topics: Google, Hardware, Software, Tech Industry, Google Apps

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  • But how many devices?

    I'm guessing its probably closer to 300,000,000 - 400,000,000 devices (assuming most devices are factory reset at least once).

    Still those are might impressive numbers, and I could well be wrong about the factory reset figures. While I've done so to my various Android devices numerous times, my wife never did one on her last Android phone. So maybe it's closer to 700 million devices.
    • It's only the active ones that matter. For all the users that are on their

      second or third one there's a lot of obsolete phones that have been toss in drawers or landfills by now. But this buy a new one to get an os upgrade is the only real mechanism google has of getting the mass market off of android 2.x.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Re: there's a lot of obsolete phones that have been toss in drawers or land

        Microsoft executives could only dream it was Windows phones filling all those drawers and landfills...
      • Last month Schmidt claimed 750 million active devices

        At first I thought that couldn't be - then with a little research, the adoption curve has been so steep that in the last 2 years there's been WAY more devices sold than in the first 3 years of Android, so ...
  • Sad State of Affairs

    I do not care if a Google product or service is better that the others, I cannot get past Google's smug attitude regarding Privacy and Terms of Service.

    It's sad that people are willing to buy an Android device when Google requires a gMail account and give up their right to privacy to do anything with it.
    • It is sad that

      you cannot accept that there are other individuals in this world with needs and preferences different from yours.

      An old shill with a new handle?

      They breed like rats around here. Come to think of it, many of them behave like rats.
      • WTF? D.T. Long?

        I have no problem what so ever with people having an opinion contrasting mine. That does not mean I will be a one track drone like you spewing the same bullshit over and over and over. My except in your case, I am now thinking I should repetitively respond to you with the same comment regarding your thick skull that does not allow anything of reason to penetrate through to that tiny pea brain of yours.

        I am no shill, I hate Google, I hate Apple, I hate Microsoft. In that order.

        I have only one identity: Patrick D. Young born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 25, 1955 and now reside in Coral Springs FL with one user name on disqusting [sic] Disqus.

        The short list of professional "accomplishments":
        Developed Caller ID transmitter and receiver display unit for hotels (1979)
        Development of 5000 line PBX
        Bit/Slice Micro-Processor Design
        Micro-Processor Microcode Programming
        Embedded Firmware Programming
        Designed First Ethernet Adapter for IBM, featured on Cover of PC Week Magazine (April, 1987)
        Design MAC layer 802.5 Token Ring Networking Integrated Circuit for IBM
        Design MAC layer Chip set for 802.4 Token Bus Network for GE and General Motors
        Engineering Manager 802.6 Fiber Optic Metropolitan Area Network
        Development of CTI Applications e.g. contact, appointment, POS etc.
        Owned and Operated YES Telecom CTI hardware and Software since 1986
        Design of the Award winning Identifier Telephone Line Monitor.
        Design of micro-controller based web server for the Identifier.
        Recipient of Editors' Choice Award from Computer Telephone Magazine
        Recipient of Internet Telephony's Editors' Choice, Best of Show Award, Spring 2007 (Arlinx)
        Green (energy efficient) Application Specific Computer Design
        Author of Feature Article in Computer Telephony on Solving Internet Telephone Security
        National Speaker on Internet Telephone Security
        National Speaker on Green, Energy Efficient, Computer Design

        My GREATEST Accomplishment:

        Cured my mothers "incurable" Bone marrow Cancer.

        My mother's oncologist's name is Dr. Timothy R. Wassenaar at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha WI. If you do not believe me, call him. He and his staff will know who I am.

        Immunoglobulin becomes very important to understand when your mother develops an incurable bone marrow Cancer, Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is is an immunological disease cause by genetically dysfunctional immunoglobulins.

        It also helps to know experts in the field. Gary Kitos has a partner, Jay Weiss. Jay has a PhD in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern. I talk to Jay and he kindly agrees to take a look at my mother's labs.

        I get Jay a copy of my mother's labs and we then talk on the phone. When I called he had not yet had time to look at the labs. For quite a while I just listen to him thinking out loud while pouring over the years of labs. I hear things like ooh that's not good, oh wait that's that caused by this, so that working OK, that's good.

        At this point I am in awe. I ask him, how the hell does someone learn all that stuff? He replies he had just got a book on the subject recently and it came on CD as well. He says, I'll FedEx you the CD.

        I am so glad I got the CD version! I had to read it on my PC. The great thing is, this makes it very easy to copy a word from the book and paste it into an online medical dictionary search. Which I had to do, on average, about 6 times per page. Fascinating stuff. On the flip side there is so much that is unknown. Did you know that no one knows why we have or what causes fever?

        I spent about 300 hours over a three week period researching my mothers condition. I concocted a new combination of two chemo drugs I thought would be perfect.

        The combination effects or these two drugs attacks both the source and long term build up causing my mother' s condition. This is exciting, until..

        I call Jay first thing the next day and he agrees it would be a very good combination BUT it's not known if the two together will have adverse effects. These two drug were never used together.

        My mother who was living in Texas, having been born in Wisconsin wants to go to Wisconsin for treatment. I happened to know of a clinical trial ongoing in my Wisconsin hometown where my brother lives.

        I looked up the resumes of the doctors at the hospital in my Wisconsin home town of Waukesha. near where Randy lives. I was familiar with the Cancer clinical trials going on in Waukesha while researching chemo drugs for the rare disease afflicting my mother.

        Impressive resumes. They have the proper credentials and they are intimately familiar with my mother's disease. Acceptable. I call Waukesha Memorial Hospital (WMH) and am told by their patient advocate they have no appointments available and are booked solid for more than the next month. There is nothing they can do to help me

        I spent the next hour or so reasoning with and attempting to persuade her to reconsider. After all I don't need the Docs to do anything but write the prescription for the chemo drugs I had chosen. I already did all the preliminaries.

        More research. I found a clinical trial that had just completed Phase One which was testing these two drugs together. Phase one is only to test for the Maximum Tolerable Dosage, not effectiveness. They had just released the results of the adverse reactions. The adverse reactions were no worse than any any other chemo regimens currently in therapeutic use.

        I get my mother an appointment. While doing so I asked the patient advocate, to have the Doc give me a call. She tells me these doctors do not even talk to patients on the phone. Talking to a family member? That is just never going to happen.

        I write an email send it to the patient advocate, and asked her to forward it to the doctor. My hope was the Doc would give me a call.

        No call. I wrote another email and asked that one be forward to the doctor.

        This Doc, Dr. Timothy Wassanar, is an expert in immunology, hematology, and Cancer. He is conducting a trail with Multiple Myeloma (my mother condition aka bone marrow cancer) patients in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic and University of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin is a leader in stem cell research. The stem cells located in the bone marrow are what produces the cells that become immunoglobulins.

        I was familiar with this trial and the chemotherapy regimen was not, in my opinion, a good choice for my mother. I was fixated on getting my mother on the treatment regimen I had discovered.

        The phone rang! It was very clear from the start of the conversation the Doc was calling just to appease a family member. He informed me his patients in the Mayo Clinic's clinical trial were all getting very good results for an incurable cancer.

        I discuss with him how the drugs in the trial are not ideal given my mothers condition and how my drug combo will target the source of the disease. After about 30 minutes, keeping a doc on the phone for 30 minutes was a major feat in itself, he then says to me, “You know what? You're right.” He put my mother on my treatment plan. Looking back I am still in awe.

        After the first month of treatment the the lab results had shown a phenomenal improvement. The Cancer indicators were reduced by 50%

        After another month all symptoms were non-existent. The Doc and I discussed these results and concurred, my mother would never die from this “incurable” Cancer.

        After my mother, watching her father die a horrible death from the same disease, and knowing for the prior 15+ years her knowing that she would be faced with the same affliction, I was able to tell her, “Mom, you are not going to die from Cancer”.

        And D.T. Long you are an asshole!
        • Another Verification for Non-Believers

          Gary Kitos and Jay Weiss at Allermetrix Laboratory, Franklin TN.

          Jay was the guy instrumental in guiding me to the cure.

          BTW the Cancer was technically IgA Multiple Myeloma.

          Allermetrix specializes in Immunology where allergy testing is the bulk of their business.

          In the summer of 2006 while on a cross country vacation with his children, while passing through Nashville TN, Patrick stopped in on a old client and friend, Gary Kitos. Gary's first laboratory had been acquired and was going to start another. Gary needed a new Laboratory Information System (LIS).

          An LIS system covers every aspect of daily laboratory operation. The day begins with FedEx delivering packets of patient serum each with a Doctor's request from indication which tests are to be performed. Barcode labels are generated and placed on the test tube of serum and a matching barcode on the request form.

          Very similar to PoS the requested tests are entered in to the LIS with a menu of about 300 tests each with a set of options.

          After all specimens are entered then the batch is compiled and the instructions for the robotics are generated. This includes barcode labels for the destination test tubes as the original serum is first divided into multiple test tubes based on the various test to be run on each specimen.

          A robotic pipetter is loaded a file of instructions complied by the LIS. It then reads all the source and destination test tube barcode labels and begins diluting and dividing the serum.

          The diluted serum is then mixed with a reagent in tiny wells in various sets of microtiter plates. There is one microtiter well per test being run. The robotic instructions includes the source of both the reagent and diluted serum.

          After an incubation period, the plates are then read by a photometer programmed with instructions from the LIS. to determine the results. The numerical result for each microtiter well is then read by the LIS. The LIS then associates the results with each patient test. The LIS then creates a PDF document for each patient which consists of the results for each test, grading each test and assigning a score to each test, printing a summary with diagnostics and recommendations for the doctor, and instructions for patients that positive test result.

          The LIS also has numerous database tables that must be managed.
          An Entire Laboratory LIS System Created in Just Two Days

          The entire LIS system software that performed all of the above functions and more was created by Patrick in just two days. This LIS was used without alteration for two years when Patrick was brought back in to enhance the software. This is now a state of the art robotic system.

          D.T. Long, Go Fuck Yourself!
        • Greatest or Second Greatest Accomplishment..

          May or may not been me curing an incurable Cancer.

          I raised a daughter that is very likely one of the best human beings to walk this planet.

          At 21 years old she just graduated from the University of Florida, Cum Lauda.

          Next semester she will be attending Harvard Law School.

          And D.T. Long you are a piece of shit!
      • BTW, I Can Accpept Others "needs and preferences"

        ...different from mine. No problem. Not sure how you came to that conclusion.
        I said I thought it is sad that people can be satisfied because they may not understand it does not need to be that way. As in acquiescence.
    • Patrickgood1 What is really sad is that people still buy

      Anything that Microsoft put out there......perfect example Surfaace RT total failing & Windows 8....its so bad they're giving away the new super Blue away FREE
      Over and Out
      • @Over and Out

        It is sad that any one wastes their hard earned money on an RT, iPad, or whatever ARM based limp dick tablet out there.

        I am no fan of MS. But Win 8 is actually on the right track as the line between Mobile and Desktop Devices blur. It maybe awhile for you and your limited cognitive ability to get that through you thick skull to that tiny pea brain of yours. But same day you just might catch on or catch up. Not holding my breath.
    • Give up rights?

      You can log in with any GMAIL account, not sync it and there is no Google ability to track... I don't understand when people assume that just because it is programmed for the multitudes you can't use it the way you would like.

      You do however realize that Google Maps, Google Documents, Google Drive, Google Music, Google Plus are all free services allowing you to have one login, and to customize them with your own stuff: Google maps if you star a location on your desktop it is starred on your phone, Pictures that are synced to Google Plus have just been backed up for free (without sharing them)... The usability and sheer volume of free services offered by Google far outweigh this perceived lack of freedom. Hell the only reason you can buy a device so cheap is because GOOGLE created the free OS that is on most phones...
      • 900 million suckers to be spied on

        All you suckers who are taken in by Google's "free services". Google has the biggest database on the most people in the world. Everything you do in the Google spynet goes into your profile. Just wait until the company gets hacked, sold, or an employee decides to sell a few million profiles. We will see the biggest identity theft event never conceived of.

        So many people worry that the government may know too much about them. But, here we have one company with huge knowledge of billions of people. Don't forget that Google started surreptiously profiling users from the early days of search.

        There is no free lunch and Google is the last group to trust with all that knowledge.
    • Huh?

      IF you want an iOS device? Apple account.
      IF you want a WP8 device? Microsoft Account.

      Then again, you don't -have- to sign in with GMail when you get an Android device. I've often not signed in when I get a device and I'm away from the net. You just can't buy Android apps without a Google account.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Sure you can

        Amazon market or one of the lessor ones.

        Google only takes what you give it. Apple may be worse and your data may leak even to apps without you at least knowing.
      • And Could Not Change The Fonts Without a Google Account

        I do not have an MS account for my Lumina 920. I can could change the font size without one.

        I am not happy with MS trying so hard to get me to create an account. There are many "features" of the phone I cannot use without an MS account.

        I do not need any apps. I had no Apps on my Android either. When I had the iPhone my son used his iTunes account to download some app.

        Now Apple and the iPad it is almost impossible to do anything without downloading an App. And I was REQUIRED to create an account to use the iPad. My iPad lasts for months on a single charge. Not that the battery life is that great, I have found it to be pretty much a useless device.

        I use it to make website screen shots and it was my low end benchmark for testing jQuery Mobile. Because it took 2 seconds for a jQuery modified HTML Selector to pop up the choices, I now do not use jQuery.

        $500 screen shot capture device. Oh and a cool email address I will never see how much spam it has gotten. Have never used it. Never will.
  • Google I/O by the numbers: 900 million Android activations

    Doesn't say how many devices are being actively used. Someone could have bought an android device a few years ago then switched over to Microsoft Windows Phone 8 as their main phone. So that phone was activate but not being used anymore. They won't tell you that part.
    • "Doesn't say how many devices are being actively used."


      Seems to me you accept the 100M W8 claim by MS without question.

      Perhaps you can explain that to us?
      • D.T.Long....comprehension isn't one of Loverock Davidson strong suits

        He still hasn't figured out that sales to OEM isn't the same as over the counter sales.

        poor Loverock
        Over and Out