It's easy for Android to have so many activations when Google lets any unknown company use Android on any piece of garbage they can produce. An activation is an activation, right? I'd like to know how many of the really cheap Android tablets were sold from places like Big Lots ($69 specials) that make up that total. Oh, and we're talking about iPhone sales, not ALL iOS devices. That Android activation number is a grand total for any device running Android, not just phones. I'm sure we'll get to hear how many iPads, iPad minis and iPod Touches will ADD to that total number. If not for this call, definitely when iOS 7 is announced.
No it's not according to Andy Rubin. An activation requires a carrier. Simply buying a no-name Android device lacking a cellular connection, particularly without Google-licensed services (another requirement for counting as an activation according to Rubin) doesn't add to the Google published Android numbers. That would apparently rule out counting the paltry three or four dozen Android tablets actually sold over the past few years offering only wi-fi connections.