Android hits 900 million activations, Google boasts

The robot-powered operating system has been triggered on nearly a billion devices.

Android has hit 900 million activations, a growth spurt that Google calls an "extraordinary achievement".

The Big G confirmed that nearly a billion devices running its robot-powered operating system had been powered up -- that's nearly one Android device for every seven humans on the planet.

In June of last year, Google divulged that its mobile OS was enjoying a whopping 900,000 activations per day. A few months later in September, Google boasted 500 million total activations.

That means that in the last eight months or so, 400 million gadgets running Android have been switched on. Not too shabby. 

Google confirmed the number at its I/O conference for developers, where the search giant is expected to reveal brand-new features for Android.

Google also unveiled the rumoured Google Play gaming services , which bring cloud saves, achievements and leaderboards to Android games. Nifty, non?

To follow along with Google I/O -- and see exactly what new tricks Android has up its sleeves -- check out CNET's live coverage of today's keynote.

Google may use I/O to introduce a completely new version of Android , though recent hints from the head of Android suggest we might have to wait a little longer. If you're impatient, check out the video below, which details the features we're hoping to see in the next version of Android -- rumoured to be called Key Lime Pie.


Are you an Android fan? Maths fans, how long until there are more Android devices that humans? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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