Android device activations reach 700,000 per day

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  • Reply 61 of 276
    blursdblursd Posts: 123member
    Call me a little incredulous, but 700,000 units a day would mean they're selling over 12 million a month, and over 250 million a year. Those numbers seem a little high to me ...
  • Reply 62 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blursd View Post


    Call me a little incredulous, but 700,000 units a day would mean they're selling over 12 million a month, and over 250 million a year. Those numbers seem a little high to me ...



    Let them fabricate or embellish all they want. What they continue to not release is the actual balance sheet results.
  • Reply 63 of 276
    t2aft2af Posts: 44member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post


    They are fair, indeed. If I had to answer them, I could only offer my best guess, based on what I've repeatedly read on the Internet: Only devices that have the Google market count. So no, Kindle Fire and forked Chinese Android don't get counted -- not just in the sense "we don't report those numbers", but rather "we don't get these numbers in, we have no idea how much they are, and we don't include them in the 700 000 activations per day".



    When you activate an Android device you go through a specific discrete step where you connect to Google's servers and get your account activated. On a side note, I know a lot of people with decent mid-range Android phones, who use them as feature phones and have never registered with Google or activated the device.



    "Only devices that have the Google market count"



    well no , as it says in the OP



    " For those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service"



    that is not the same as google marketplace.



    and if that is the case, then any android fork could be counted, which is a pretty big variation as was seen in these figures .



    http://209.157.64.200/focus/chat/2667688/posts?page=2



    we need more definition on "subscribing to a wireless service",



    does that mean connecting to a network ? or subscribing to a mobile plan ? you don't subscribe to to google marketplace you create an account, you subscribe generally using money which would point to a mobile plan.
  • Reply 64 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by morgajx View Post


    Microsoft must be laughing all the way to the bank



    Since they are rumored to be making $5-$15 per device that should amount to hundreds of millions a year for the device makers they have license agreements with.



    That would be hundreds of millions more than what Google is making even if you count mobile ad revenue from Android devices.



    Great business model. I guess they are making the same bet as Amazon with the Fire. In some distant future the profit should start pouring in. The questions is how long it will take and how many Android device makers that will still be left by then?
  • Reply 65 of 276
    blursdblursd Posts: 123member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    Let them fabricate or embellish all they want. What they continue to not release is the actual balance sheet results.



    See the other thing that doesn't make sense to me is Google is basically implying they're activating more Android devices a year than all iPod devices (in all their various iterations) Apple has sold in it's entire history.



    Let's think of it this way ... how many people do you know that DON'T have, or have never had an iPod? Pretty much everyone has, or at one point had an iPod. Now how many people do you know with an Android device? Sure, you might see them here and there, but they're nowhere nearly as ubiquitous ... which really makes me question their activation numbers, because if they were true almost EVERYONE would have an Android phone ... and that just isn't even remotely close to reality (I also realize these number represent world sales ... not just US sales, but still ...).
  • Reply 66 of 276
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,210member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    MacVicta askes "What exactly counts as an Android device? Does it include the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color?"



    Do these count for the activations? What about forked versions of Android in China?



    Those are fair questions.



    When Google announced 500K activations per day back in June they clarified that the only devices counted included devices that run Google services. We've discussed that here a few times already. So a Chinese fork of Android or the versions used by the Fire and Nook Color who don’t license Google services would not be counted.



    Rather than anything sneaky, it's all pretty simple.



    One of several sources for the clarification is here:

    http://gigaom.com/mobile/andy-rubin-...devices-a-day/



    None of this probably matters as there's some segment who would refuse to believe any numbers that weren't published directly by Apple. Another inconvenient truth apparently.
  • Reply 67 of 276
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,210member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    That sounds reasonable.



    Here's another question: Does Schmidt mean an average per day or simply that on a day or a couple days they hit 700k? This is typically expressed to mean for each day to express rate but without a time frame qualifier it's still fishy. Here's what Jobs said during a previous conference call.



    There is nothing ambiguous about Steve Jobs's comments. He's qualified every aspect to refer to the mean average.



    Solipsism, Andy Rubin was perfectly clear about that months ago. It was never one day. His tweet announcing 500K was "there are now 500K Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at 4.4% w/w".
  • Reply 68 of 276
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,926member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LarryV View Post


    Actually Apple's % of all mobile profits last quarter dropped from 57% to 52% while Android's rose 12% to near 40%. After this 700K figure, I would not be surprised if Android is sucking up more % of mobile profits than Apple after the Q4 results. They are growing super fast while Apple has flat lined for almost a year now.



    Google doesn't make any money on Android. They make money selling advertising. Their mobile profits include ads on iOS and Android, of course they don't break it down that way.
  • Reply 69 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    I can prove it easily. Windows vs Apple. Windows won.

    Android vs iOS. This latest announcement with activations proves my point. Android, Google won.



    windows "won", yet Apple is worth more than Microsoft.
  • Reply 70 of 276
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,926member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eric475 View Post


    Sometimes market cap figures are flawed. Take Enron, WorldCom and Tyco International for example. They were highfliers in the stock market and had soaring market valuations.



    well, there's that Sarbanes-Oxley law to prevent fudging numbers to the SEC.
  • Reply 71 of 276
    Personally, I'm shocked that people don't mind being food for Google's real customers. All Google is interested in is harvesting your data so they can sell it to advertisers. That's how they make their money. Why do you think Google offers so many "free products and services"? They want to keep you lined up at their troughs.



    With all of talk about personal privacy these days, how does this get overlooked? The only answer is that some people want free above all and they're willing to give up their personal data to get it.



    Clearly Apple is not perfect, but I am much more comfortable being Apple's end customer, than I am about being food for Google's end customers.
  • Reply 72 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blursd View Post


    See the other thing that doesn't make sense to me is Google is basically implying they're activating more Android devices a year than all iPod devices (in all their various iterations) Apple has sold in it's entire history.



    Let's think of it this way ... how many people do you know that DON'T have, or have never had an iPod? Pretty much everyone has, or at one point had an iPod. Now how many people do you know with an Android device? Sure, you might see them here and there, but they're nowhere nearly as ubiquitous ... which really makes me question their activation numbers, because if they were true almost EVERYONE would have an Android phone ... and that just isn't even remotely close to reality (I also realize these number represent world sales ... not just US sales, but still ...).



    I really hope you're not employed in a field that deals with math. Even at 700K activations a day, that's only around 255 million phones a year. Or about 60 million less than just the U.S. population. Factor in that the world population is over 6 billion and you've got plenty of room for the number to be correct. Feel free to continue to disbelieve it, but it would be foolish of Google to announce something like that without it being true.



    And if you're going to throw anecdotal nonsense into the mix, I happen to know a lot more Android users than iPhone users. A large portion of my family uses Android but I think only one person has an iPhone (I have an HP/Palm Pre 2 for the record).
  • Reply 73 of 276
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,926member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blursd View Post


    Call me a little incredulous, but 700,000 units a day would mean they're selling over 12 million a month, and over 250 million a year. Those numbers seem a little high to me ...



    pssst...it's 21 million a month.



    it's probably when people first activate Android, they get frustrated and then return it and get another Android device activated. So maybe some of those activations are "repeat" customers.
  • Reply 74 of 276
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,210member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post


    pssst...it's 21 million a month.



    it's probably when people first activate Android, they get frustrated and then return it and get another Android device activated. So maybe some of those activations are "repeat" customers.



    Read the AI article here. 3rd paragraph:

    "For those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."



    "Repeats" aren't included. Nor presumably are tablets or other devices that don't subscribe to a wireless service, aka Wi-Fi only. Yup, all 10K wi-fi Android tablets sold not shipped are excluded from the count figures. Figured I'd get that part in and save the time and trouble for some others to make the comment.
  • Reply 75 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by joindup View Post


    Hyundai outsells Mercedes. Which would you rather drive?





    Well that really depends. Comparing a Hyundai Genesis R Spec with a base model C class (or any C class sans the C63), I would definitely rather drive the Hyundai. (Car analogies don't really work when comparing computers)
  • Reply 76 of 276
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post


    pssst...it's 21 million a month.



    it's probably when people first activate Android, they get frustrated and then return it and get another Android device activated. So maybe some of those activations are "repeat" customers.



    Yes and don't forget that with iPhones as with Macs - even the oldest original iPhones shipped are still out there - maybe only being used as iPods - but still out there - compared to a couple people who I know who are on their third Android device as a result of loss or failure of the device.



    It would not surprise me at all if 90% of all iPhones ever shipped are still in use in some fashion - and that maybe 50% of Android devices shipped are still in use.



    My original iPhone 2G is now an iPod for my niece - my iPhone 4 32GB is now my wife's and her iPhone 4 16GB is now my sister's and I have a new iPhone 4S 64GB.



    Just as with PCs - Macs tend to live much longer useful lives than their Windows counterparts - especially when you factor in things like corporate leases which tend to be 3 years - meaning that while the Mac in the creative department might be used for 5 or 6 years - the PCs in accounting get replaced every 3 years even if there is nothing wrong with them.



    As to activation numbers - aren't there now 7 billion people on the planet? if you divide that by 365 you get about 19 million - and if only 1% of all people were to get a new phone on any given day that is still almost 2 million people per day.



    If I am doing the math right - starting with the same 7 billion people - and 1% of all of them getting a new phone every 2 years is still almost 1 million a day.



    Apple's 300,000 per day number that was mentioned is only 0.004% of the world's population.



    Even if you war to consider the population of the US only - about 300 million - 300,000 per day is still only 0.1% of that figure. just pointing out that a number such as 1 million phones a day being activated between Apple and Android combined - is not that big a number when you consider that is only about 1% of world population.
  • Reply 77 of 276
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by t2af View Post


    ...

    we need more definition on "subscribing to a wireless service",

    ...



    We don't need any definitions, but only to have basic knowledge about Google services, and to think for a second.



    With his statement, Rubin was not addressing which devices count, but whether they get counted more than once upon reactivation, upgrade, etc. This needed to be addressed since there are many morons around who insist that merely restarting my phone counts as an activation. Rubin, however, did not try to provide a definition as to what Google does and does not count, since he likely doesn't care about the non-Google Android devices -- as I stated previously, my contention is that Google doesn't see them, cannot count them, and wouldn't bother talking about them in press releases.



    When talking about "subscribing to a wireless service", Rubin was specifically addressing phones under contract, which is IMO quite inaccurate. Two examples to show how:

    1. A friend of mine has an Android phone under contract but doesn't use Google's services and has not activated them on the phone (he enjoys charging his phone once every 4 days, and turning all the services on would shave off a day or two of battery time, so I respect his backwards choice).

    2. I purchased an Android phone at full price and have been using it with prepaid plans. I activated it on day 1, and have all of Google's services despite not having a time-binding contract with a stupid telco. I have changed operators a few times, payed for 3G access, done a factory reset once, and used the phone when roaming. However, I have only needed to activate the phone once -- when I bought it.



    It's really not all that complicated.
  • Reply 78 of 276
    radjinradjin Posts: 165member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    Well, now it's has come to the point that Apple cannot announce activation numbers anymore. Android is overtaking much faster than anyone anticipated. It seems as though Apple can never get ahead no matter what they produce. Except for iTunes and iPod, everything else flames out or ends up 2nd, 3rd or stuck as a niche player.



    You have to remember that android is on many times more dumb phones than smart phones and those are where the activations are. Apple does it with three versions of the same phone.

    I wonder it google is counting the phones in china that run a hacked version of Android not even related to google?
  • Reply 79 of 276
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,210member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    Let them fabricate or embellish all they want. What they continue to not release is the actual balance sheet results.



    A balance sheet on what? They have no income from Android itself.
  • Reply 80 of 276
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    Well, now it's has come to the point that Apple cannot announce activation numbers anymore. Android is overtaking much faster than anyone anticipated. It seems as though Apple can never get ahead no matter what they produce. Except for iTunes and iPod, everything else flames out or ends up 2nd, 3rd or stuck as a niche player.







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