Dec 28, 2011
Well, it appears as if it was a very merry Christmas for Google’s Android activation servers. Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google (read: the boss of Android), has announced that Android saw 3.7 million device activations on December 24th and 25th. This compares to the average of 700,000 that Andy Rubin also announced on his Twitter account. This means a lot of folks were activating new Android phones and tablets this Christmas. This number doesn’t include the likely-many Kindle Fires, Nook Tablets, and other non-Market devices that were also bought as gifts. Of course, the context of this number is important and that is something that we do not have yet; Apple’s yet to announce their own number of iPhone or iOS sales or activations for the time period. So while 3.7 million new devices with Google support is a large number on its own, it will be interesting to see how this number compares with Apple’s numbers, as the two corporate behemoths fight for mobile market share.