The Android platform is now seeing more than 850,000 device activations per day, up from the 700,000 figured shared back in January, according to Andy Rubin, who oversees the OS at Google.
The figures suggest that Android may be gaining some momentum again, after Apple saw a blowout $46.3 billion quarter during Christmas in the wake of the iPhone 4S launch. Given that Android was 250 million cumulative device activations during the company’s last quarterly earnings call, this rate suggests that the platform is nearing 300 million device activations to date. Update: Actually, there are more than 300 million device activations to date, according to a Google blog post.
Apple’s iOS was last at 315 million cumulative devices sold during its quarterly earnings call, and it’s probably fair to say that the company is at more than 330 million now. The figures both companies have shared suggest that we might see a crossover point sometime during this or the next quarter when Google’s Android platform will have more activations to date than Apple has in iOS device sales.
Rubin added that there are now more than 450,000 applications in Android Market, just shy of the more than 500,000 apps that are in Apple store.