Slipped into today’s announcement that Andy Rubin will step down as Android lead, relinquishing the position to Sundar Pichai, was some new info on device activations. According to Google CEO Larry Page, Android boasts 750 million activations to date with over 25 billion app downloads from the Android Market/Google Play Store.
Activation numbers aren’t always a solid indication of actual device circulation, as pointed out by analyst Benedict Evans. He estimates an active user base of closer to 675 million, plus or minus phones that run Android but lack access to Google services in regions such as China as well as second-hand device sales.
Regardless of how you slice it, the figure is fairly staggering. In contrast, Apple’s iOS sits right around 400 million activations, nearly half that of Android.