Carriers activate 160,000 Android phones a day

The momentum behind Android shows no signs of letting up. In fact, the growth over the last month is the highest yet. Where will it plateau?

Google Vice President Andy Rubin says more than 160,000 Android devices are sold and activated every day.
Google Vice President Andy Rubin says more than 160,000 Android devices are sold and activated every day. Bonnie Cha/CNET

The Android momentum has kicked into even higher gear during the last month, thanks to phones like the Droid Incredible and HTC Evo 4G.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Droid X event, , Google Vice President Andy Rubin stated that there are more than 160,000 Android devices sold and activated every day. That's almost two phones every second. Even more impressive is that Android has grown 60 percent since about one month ago.

At last month's Google I/O conference, Vic Gundotra, Google's vice president of engineering, was first to officially put the figure at 100,000 per day. Jumping back to a February earnings call, CEO Eric Schmidt pegged the number at 30,000 a day.

The Android Market is also picking up steam. Last month Google announced its Android Market had 50,000 titles, now  Rubin said that they're looking at 68,000 applications.  If this 58 percent growth rate were to continue, we could see the Android Market hit the 100,000 milestone around the middle of August.

Looking forward, it's hard to see the momentum will slowing. With today's Droid X news, a lineup of Samsung phones , and a Droid 2 waiting in the wings, the interest isn't likely to wane anytime soon.

About the author

Scott Webster has spent the better part of his adult life playing with cell phones and gadgets. When not looking for the latest Android news and rumors, he relaxes with his wife and son. Scott also is the senior editor for AndroidGuys. E-mail Scott.


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