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Android’s steady march to 1 billion activations gets visualized

Published Mar 13th, 2013 3:15PM EDT
Android Activation Growth Analysis

In addition to announcing that Andy Rubin would be leaving his role as Android boss today, Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page also announced that his company had now activated more than 750 million Android devices, the first update on Android activations we’ve heard since September when the company announced 500 million activations. The updated numbers inspired Benedict Evans, a strategy consultant for Enders Analysis, to post a fresh graph charting Android’s progress over the years on his Twitter account.

The graph, pictured above, shows how remarkably stable Android has been in adding new users, as it rarely swings too far from its linear path upward. Evans estimates that Google is now activating around 1.4 million Android devices per day, a slight increase from the 1.3 million Android devices it was activating in September. While this may indicate the growth curve is “flattening” a bit, as Evans writes, it still shows that Android is on a steady march to reach 1 billion activations by the end of 2013.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.