During the Google Music launch event, Jamie Rosenberg, Director of Digital Content for Android introduced an impressive statistic. We have all heard the figure of 550.000 activated devices daily, but did you knew that in only five months, 100 million people activated their Android devices?
The numbers are clear: at the end of May 2011, Google Android operating system was used by 100 million people, and the number of daily activations grew from 100,000 in May 2010 to 550,000 in May 2011. By the end of this day, over 650,000 people will activate their brand new smartphone or a tablet and see the animated Android.
Still, there is a long way to go – Nokia holds the number one spot with over 450 million Symbian phones, but there is no way to record which of these devices are active or not. For comparison, Nokia achieved the 100 million phones mark exactly five years ago, on November 16, 2006. 200 millionth device shipped in February 2009, while the number now stands at over 500 million Symbian devices.
At the current pace, we could see one million daily Android activations during 2012, resulting in Google Android taking over Nokia's Symbian by the end of 2012 or in early 2013, setting another unprecedented growth in the mobile industry.
Furthermore, we are approaching the one billion smartphones mark (during 2012) and there is no turning back.