Google now activating 1.5 million Android devices a day

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Google this week announced its latest financial results with revenues for the quarter hitting US$14 billion. On the analyst call that followed, Google CEO Larry Page announced a couple of milestones for its Android mobile operating system.

The company is now seeing 1.5 million Android device activations, up from 1.3 million last September. Total activations since the launch of Android just over 5 years ago have now passed the 900 million mark. At the present activation rate, Google will hit the billion mark later this year (with time to spare).

One thing Page did not reveal was how tablet activations were faring. Last September, Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile at Google at the time, indicated that tablets only accounted for 5% of daily activations. Whether that number has changed or not was not discussed.

All those new Android device activations have also led to more app downloads. Google Play has now served up 50 billion apps. It took less than a year to double the 25 billion download milestone it reached last September. The company has already paid more to developers this year than it did in all of 2012.

Page also had something to say about the much anticipated Moto X: “Finally I know you’re all eagerly anticipating what Motorola is launching soon. Having been a tester for a while, I’m really excited.”

Source : Google+ (Larry Page)