Uggh. More penile comparison stats followed by the same comments you see on every article discussing Android growth.
Why is this growth so surprising? After the tanking of Nokia and Symbian, and the slip-ups of RIM in the last year or so, the failure to launch of Windows Phone 7 and the general growth of the smartphone market, is it really all that surprising that Android activations are hitting 700k per day? Next, look at markets like India, where Apple doesn't really put in the same effort they do elsewhere (no Apple stores, significantly higher prices than outside India, etc.). That's Nokia's key market and they are switching en masse to Android. When you consider that the developed world is nearly a billion souls and the BRIC middle classes are approaching a half billion, and smartphone adoption in these groups is rising rapidly, if even half of this entire set replaces a smartphone every two years, that's easily over a million activations a day. I'm honestly surprised, Android isn't reporting higher. Seems to me that they are starting to plateau.
As for the usual comments...
1) I don't believe Google. Nobody on AI will ever believe anything Google says. So what's the point in even having this debate? They've been pretty clear on what they consider to be an activation and for most reasonable people, that definition is fairly sane.
2) It's not about activations, it's about sales. Depends where you sit. Google cares about eyeballs for ads. They don't sell phones and so they can't discuss hardware sales. For sales stats, you have to talk the OEMs. Again, not a conspiracy, just a business reporting statistics that are relevant to them.
3) This stat means they have more Android devices than iOS devices, so therefore Google is lying. Not true. Asymco just put out analysis that pegs total Android activations at 240 million, within a range of 224 million - 250 million. That should still be smaller than the iOS installed base. The trend does imply though, that at some point Android's installed base may surpass iOS.:http://www.asymco.com/2011/12/21/how...een-activated/
4) It's all about profit. For whom? As a consumer, I don't give a rat's ass about any company's profit, unless I'm an investor and own stock in them. I find cheerleading on a company's profits (by non-investors) to be absurd. And this is something you only see among tech geeks. How many gearheads go around bragging about how much money their favourite automaker made?