Google: lots of Android activations daily, not so many tablets

Google: lots of Android activations daily, not so many tabletsThere’s been plenty of stuff going down in the world of mobile this week, not least some spanking new shiny things being unveiled by Nokia and Motorola.

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.

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Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 14:08

475m a year? hmmm

Just what is the activation would the fire count towards that tablet figure come to think of it?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 14:32

would the fire count towards that tablet figure
No. No official Play Store access, no inclusion in the Android activation figures. That means no Kindle Fire, no HP TouchPad, no cheap Chinese crap etc...

Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 15:56

200k SGS3 sales a day
70k total Google Play android tablets

Most of the cheap chinese ones seem to have Google Play now (whether they should do or not is a different matter maybe) so possible they might be counting.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 16:31

A third are probably generated by compulsive XDA members who change ROMs and factory reset 5 times daily :p

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 16:33

The tablet number is amazing... 25 million annually of for hundreds of Android tablets?!?! That's like one iPad model...

barrybarryk  Sep. 6, 2012 at 18:10

Um yeah but considering the year on year growth is easily on Androids side I doubt Google are too worried, especially when it makes no difference to them which Android tablet does best just as long as Android (over all the android tabs) is constantly increasing market share.

Personally I don't even think todays numbers are that relevant in the long run, the tablet market is still absolutely tiny compared to where it's headed, in a few years they'll out number full blown PCs, and judging from the plethora of Win 8 devices and android convertibles revealed for the next few months they're looking at absorbing alot of the laptop market too

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 18:55

True, Barry.
I didn't mean it like that anyway.
Who knows where it's going? Who'd have thought an atrocity like the Galaxy Spica would lead to the Galaxy S3? Or the 1st 5 minutes of the original iPad launch when you could hear the collective internet go from hahaha to huh and back to hahaha...

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