But spare a thought for Google’s Eric Schmidt. The former presidential advisor (and one of the richest dudes in the world) popped up on a little platform at Motorola’s New York event to talk Android activations.
Back in June 2011 we heard that there were a whopping 500,000 Android activations per day. Per day!
Crazier still, by June 2012, that figure had supposedly increased - doubled, in fact - to a full million. That’s 12 Android activations per second. Every. Single. Day.
Now, Schmidt reveals that 1.3 million Android devices are being activated daily. Insania. However, of that 1.3 million, a paltry 70,000 (roughly 5%) are tablets.
Indeed, speaking from the aforementioned platform, Schmidt concedes that Google was “late to tablets”.
The tablet arena is, of course, thoroughly dominated by the iPad, while only the big-name budget Android tablets (Amazon Kindle Fire and Asus Nexus 7) have grabbed Joe Consumer’s attention.
Samsung, meanwhile, thinks that the answer is releasing a tablet in every conceivable size. There are now an estimated 394 different Samsung Galaxy Tabs on the market.