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Google announces 1 billion Android activations, teases Android 4.4

Published Sep 3rd, 2013 1:50PM EDT
Google Android 1 Billion Activations

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In case you haven’t noticed, Android is a pretty popular mobile operating system. Google announced on Tuesday that it has now activated more than 1 billion Android devices throughout the world, a major milestone for a platform that’s been around for less than six years. The 1 billion total Android activations mean that the number of total Android devices has roughly doubled over the last year since Google said last September that it had activated more than 500 million Android devices.

In addition to announcing the latest Android milestone, Google also teased the upcoming release of Android 4.4 Kit Kat, which represents the first nickname change for Android since it first released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last June. Google hasn’t announced any release date or new features for Android 4.4 but it has built a giant Kit Kat-shaped Android statue outside of its Android team’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., so details on the new OS can’t be that far off.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.