Over Christmas Google’s Andy Rubin announced the momentous news that 700,000 Android phones are being activated every day. Boasting of this remarkable achievement at CES, YouTube’s chief of global content proclaimed Android’s growth is now outstripping the global birth rate.
“There are more Android activations every day than babies born on earth,” stated Robert Kyncl during his keynote speech at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “Andy Rubin is looking for customers on other planets – he’s running out.”
If you’re balking in disbelief at this grandiose brag, then you’ll be even more surprised to hear Android actually outstripped Earth’s population growth last May when 400,000 handsets were being activated per day.
According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there will be 367,419 babies born every day across the globe in 2012. That’s nearly half Android’s current activation total!
For those of you wondering what counts as an Android activation, Andy Rubin explained the 700,000 total after its original Google+ unveiling stating, “We count each device only once (ie, we don’t count re-sold devices), and ‘activations’ means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service”.