On June 23, Eric Schmidt told the world that Google was tracking 160,000 Android devices sold per day – and just a month before that, they were at 100,000/day. Today, he revealed that 200,000 Android devices are sold every day. It’s truly amazing, especially considering the scope of other devices – as much as I hate to do this, I’m going to drag in the iDevices, and quote the figures I stated in June:

  • 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

The important caveat there is that figure excludes the iPhone 4 launch, but I’m not looking to draw a line from Android to iOS here – rather, I’m looking to establish a scope. And what a scope it is: 200,000 devices/day means they’re selling at a pace of 1.4 million phones per week, 6 million per month, and 73 million phones per year. If that doesn’t impress you, check your pulse.


NPD figures for the second quarter show that Android is the largest smartphone OS, followed by Blackberry in second (sliding 9% to 28% of the market), with the iPhone coming in at 22%. (On a related side note, the fact that the iPhone – essentially just 2 devices, now – commands over a fifth of the market is extremely impressive.)

While 3 data points do not make for a proven trend, two main conclusions can be reached from the numbers:

  1. Android is still growing – and quickly. May: 100,000/day, June: 160,000/day, August: 200,000/day. The numbers speak for themselves.
  2. The pace is slowing. I’m not going to run the exact numbers, because I have no idea what specific date the above figures are from, but obviously it didn’t increase 60% between mid-June and early-August (as it did from mid-May to mid-June).


It’s a safe bet that the number of high-profile device launches in the last few months has had a major effect on the numbers – although it’s unlikely that they artificially inflated them. Coupled with the fact that Android is moving down the spectrum into cheaper, lower-end devices, it seems like a safe assumption that the number will continue to climb.

[Source: Reuters]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Dano

    And yet wherever I go (the subway, the park, etc), I see more iPhones in people's hands than anything else....

    • Aaron Gingrich

      As I said in the post, that's probably because the iPhone is (for all intent and purpose) a single device, while there dozens of Android devices.

  • ari-free

    My guess is Android adoption would be very high in small towns and suburbs in middle America.

  • Alan

    I think you mean that the increase/rise of the pace is slowing. The pace itself is actually increasing quite quickly, doubling in two months. The way you put it seems to sell android short.

    Also, the reason you still see more folks with iphones is because there ARE more iphones. however, if the current pace holds, that will not be true a year from now.

  • Kellic

    Theoretically the iPhone is locked to ATT's network until 2012 due to their original contact. You don't have to be a genius to know that ATT would have put in some seriously stiff penalties for Apple to break said contract. As such.....Android could have over a year an a half with the market all to itself.
    I do Dell, Gateway, Sony, Lexmark, Samsung warranty work which includes home and corp users. I'm all over the place and the number of new android phones I'm seeing people using is growing. I did a Dell call yesterday and some young woman was setting up her Droid Incredible. I practically heard a SQUEEEEE out of her when she realized that her Gmail contacts were pulled down from her gmail. I explained to her that it was synced so any changes you make in one will be reflected in the other.
    I'm starting to see a MEH feeling when it comes to Apple. Everyone else has caught up to them and all they are putting out it more marketing BS. That isn't going to fly anymore. There are so many good phones on the market now that kicks the **** out of the iPhone that Apple would have to do something completely radical and different to really impact people's impression that the iPhone isn't anything special. And I know Apple. They don't innovate. They market.