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200,000 Android devices sold every day

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Aug 2010 23:27 User comments (11)

200,000 Android devices sold every day Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said today that about 200,000 new Android devices are now being sold daily, leading to huge growth in revenue for the search giant thanks to mobile search traffic.
When asked about the recent studies showing Android outpacing the iPhone handily, Schmidt added: "People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is. The number was about 100,000 (a day) about two months ago. It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but incredibly phenomenal in its growth rate. God knows how long that will continue."

While Google does not directly gain revenue from Android (which is free and open source), the more successful the operating system is, the more people are connected to the Web from their mobile phones, leading to an increase in search.

"Trust me that revenue is large enough to pay for all of Android's activities and a whole bunch more," Schmidt added, via Cnet. "I should also say that we love the success of the iPhone because the iPhone also uses Google's search and we get a chunk of that revenue when people search on the iPhone."

Schmidt was also asked about the upcoming Chrome OS to which he responded: "Maybe we can get the same success out of Chrome OS (as Android). Chrome OS is targeted at a different part of the market."

The first Chrome OS netbooks will hit in November.

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11 user comments

15.8.2010 2:10

Actually, they're activating 200K per day, not the same as selling.

Accuracy in reporting. It sort of matters.

25.8.2010 3:49

The vast majority of activations are new purchases. I realize that sometimes someone switches networks with an Android, but it is not very common since you can get android devices on every network (where iPhone users are forced to buy from AT&T, break their contract, and then switch to another carrier if they want a working network). Also, most activations are made at the time of sale...usually by the salesperson who sold the device.

35.8.2010 6:42

If only Samsung had brains(or may be generosity) to put Android support in Wave. that number could have been double..

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Aug 2010 @ 6:43

45.8.2010 9:37

Originally posted by AndreRichards:
Actually, they're activating 200K per day, not the same as selling.

Accuracy in reporting. It sort of matters.
You can't be serious?

55.8.2010 10:30

GOOoooo Androids!!! need more apps tho!

65.8.2010 16:37

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by AndreRichards:
Actually, they're activating 200K per day, not the same as selling.

Accuracy in reporting. It sort of matters.
You can't be serious?
Absolutely serious.

If you have some reason to construe Schmidt's statement that these activations are equivalent to sales, then show us. Otherwise, you should correct the headline. He said "activations" not sales. That was intentionally done in the hopes that it would be reported as sales. Basic marketing. Nice job falling for it.

If even one phone is reactivated (and secondary sales as well as wipes and ROM flashing might require that multiple times) then your reporting is inaccurate. Are you interested in reporting facts or assumptions?
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76.8.2010 2:52

I have done all sorts of custom rom installs, and I have even replaced the radio baseband several times...I have never had to reactivate...unless he is talking about that call I have to make when I change radios...but I don't think that is activation.

86.8.2010 12:47

AndreRichards: Newbie, and means serious business.

Fine, then all the iphone app downloads apple brags about don't count either because it could be people re-downloading an app after having to hard reset the phone or switching from 3g, to 3gS, to iphone 4. Or the same thing instead of iphone sales being amazing, it must be people reactivating it. See how ridiculous and petty you sound?

New activation occurs when a new phone is turned activated to work on a network. It goes both ways, instead of us having to prove to you if activation = new phone sales, if you're so smart how about you show us where it doesn't.

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96.8.2010 21:57

Originally posted by jookycola:
AndreRichards: Newbie, and means serious business.
Okay, good. You got the mocking me part out of the way.

Originally posted by jookycola:
Fine, then all the iphone app downloads apple brags about don't count either because it could be people re-downloading an app after having to hard reset the phone or switching from 3g, to 3gS, to iphone 4. Or the same thing instead of iphone sales being amazing, it must be people reactivating it. See how ridiculous and petty you sound?
I don't defend Apple when they do that. But more importantly--what exactly does Apple have to do with this?

Originally posted by jookycola:
New activation occurs when a new phone is turned activated to work on a network. It goes both ways, instead of us having to prove to you if activation = new phone sales, if you're so smart how about you show us where it doesn't.
New activations also happen when a phone is bought used. Don't be naive. Whoever wrote this article jumped to the erroneous conclusion that activations = sales. Wrong. If they don't want to admit it, fine, but it's seems sort of glaring and obvious. Report it as activations and it's accurate. Report it as sales, and you're doing the will of Google's marketing people.

I would think more reporters would have the savvy to avoid falling for that kind of trap. Guess I'm wrong.

107.8.2010 0:00

Originally posted by AndreRichards:
New activations also happen when a phone is bought used. Don't be naive. Whoever wrote this article jumped to the erroneous conclusion that activations = sales. Wrong.
How does "when a phone is bought used" not imply a sale? I could give you a few people switching cell companies and a few phones getting "handed-down" inside of families, but if a phone is purchased, then it must have been sold...not only is your argument petty and pointless, but your argument is self defeating. The title of the article is not "200,000 NEW Android devices sold every day".

117.8.2010 22:36

Wow, did not even need to comment here, thanks Killer, Jooky.

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