During today's press conference held by Google, Motorola, and Verizon, Google revealed that 160,000 Android devices are being activated per day.

If the gravity of that escapes you, let me draw comparisons to the record-breaking sales of the iPhone and iPad:

  • Excluding the iPhone 4 launch, Apple averages approximately 246,000 phone sales per week
  • Mac sales are estimated to be 110,000 units per week
  • iPad sales are estimated to be 200,000 per week

Extrapolate the 160,000 Android device activations per day and you come up with 1,120,000 Android activations per week - that's more than twice the combined total for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

It's even more amazing when you factor in just how fast the number of activations has increased. On May 20, Android activations clocked 100,000 per day (that's a 60% increase in just over a month.) Better still, with phones like the Droid X and variations of the Samsung Galaxy coming, I certainly think that number could continue to grow exponentially for the foreseeable future.

[Sources: Engadget x3 - 1, 2, 3]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Dano

    I call BS on Google...

  • bigtex

    I'm calling legit. There are a ton of free Android phone out there across all carriers in a bunch of countries. I could see 160k a day.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      This. Also, they told us when it was 60k, then 100k, why would they be lying?

  • Whelan

    I'd buy into it. My buddy bought the mytouch slide two months ago and now just bought out of contract the vibrant. He averages two to three phones a year and no he doesn't pay full price before some calls bs.

  • krzystoff_oz

    I really don't see what Google have to gain by deception -- the reality is there are more than a thousand devices currently on the market that use Android, (if you include unofficial ports), covering Smartphones, Tablets, Netbooks, Media Players, Handheld Games, TVs, Settop Boxes, eReaders, Navigation devices, and many more to come.

    It is unhelpful / misleading to make a comparison between Apple's relatively puny handful of products and the global spread of companies making all these Android devices.

    Apple is doing remarkably well -- that cannot be disputed, especially if you factor in the media attention Apple gets (in no small part to leaving box-loads of iPads and iPhones at every journalists' door).  It might be more reasonable to compare the number of Apple products with Samsung's products sold annually; or compare Microsoft OS activations with Android activations.  Albeit that may not favour Android, but would provide more meaningful insight.