Android Boss Claims 500k Activations Per Day, But Where Are The Devices?

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jtlin

Android is the OS backbone of knock off iPhone, Nokia, Soner , Thousands of local brands.
New trend which push the activation higher is hundred if not thousands local chinese tablets and ebook reader , mp4 players etc .
both stream knock off products activated by the seller , and sit in the shops shelf, warehouse and customers hand , mostly in China market ...thanks for free OS ..

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Dark Apple

Whether these numbers are true or not of course so many androids are being sold when you have so many versions starting from free pre paid you can buy in a supermarket next to the chips.

But there is a difference between quantity and quality. And Android definitely is not quality.

For Android to compete with iPhone they have to add a bunch of almost useless features that nobody will ever use. And like mentioned before need to come out with a new version every month.

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HarmonicHealer

There are obviously a lot of android phones out there. But... I was in Yosemite Valley yesterday at a bus shuttle stop where a gentleman asked if anyone had lost a cell phone. All answers were negative until a fellow said, "Just a minute - what kind of phone is it? If it's an iPhone, then I lost it!"

Numbers don't tell the whole story!

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jrbookwalter

Actually, being a gadget hound by nature, I tend to pay closer attention to the devices I see in use around me. As jrstinkfish mentions, it's an unscientific process to be sure, but more often than not I can spot an Android device when I see one.

I've actually owned 5 Android devices myself -- an Archos 5 and 101, Virgin Mobile's Samsung Intercept and both an Acer Iconia Tab and Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Aside from the Asus tablet, they've all been returned (the A5 was sold on eBay), which does make me wonder how many folks buy, activate and liquidate... although that's not unique to Android.

JRB

 

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jrstinkfish

Could be. One of the side-effects of having so many choices on Android is the fact that new (and better) phones seem to appear every month, whereas with the iPhone you're limited to one release a year. Some people discard their "old" phone for the latest and greatest, which is easier to do with Android if you've got enough disposable income.

I'm severely tempted by the Evo 3D, but my original launch-day Evo is still going strong, so I'm gonna hang on to it a while longer (ROM development makes it feel new on a regular basis anyway). BTW, I also have a Transformer (also launch-day! I'm a sucker for new tech), wonderful and sometimes frustrating piece of kit. Fits my life perfectly between my Macbook Pro and Evo.

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jrbookwalter

Very interesting point re: device turnover. I've had every iPhone and every iPad, but we're only talking about 6 models over 4+ years -- how many Android devices have been released during that time by comparison? (Answer: Hundreds!) Apple will likely never compete on that level, and despite all the media hype about how Android is taking over the world, I think Apple is holding their own quite well for now. ;-)

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jrstinkfish

You probably only see Apple phones because that's what you're used to seeing. Android phones, for better or worse, come in so many different styles that you can't really glance at one in passing and know it's an Android phone. The main reason Android is so popular is because of all those choices, so I'm not surprised that it's spreading so quickly. Fragmentation schmagmentation, I want a 4" screen with a 5-row keyboard ... no wait, I want 3D and HDMI-out ... no wait, I want dual screens that flip out into a mini-tablet (terrible phone, btw).

Among my friends and acquaintances who have smartphones, if I had to put a number on it, I'd say 2/3 of them have Android phones. Here at work the ratio is even bigger towards Android, but I work around a bunch of nerds so that is to be expected :) One guy here has a WP7 phone, but he's an older gent.

But hey, I'm sure people here have the exact opposite experience, which is why you can't refute Google's claims based on anecdotal evidence.

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CCardarelli

I can only comment from my personal perspective: my mother and grandmother have iPhones, and everyone else in the extended family who has a smartphone has an Android phone. This largely has to do with a lot of Verizon users from before 2011.

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Josh S

My small office has 6 smartphone users - we are split 50/50 iPhone/Android.

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Geoduck

Where are all the Android devices?

That's a damn good question. Everyone I know is getting an iPhone or BlackBerry, and one person with a WinPhone 7 device. Literally the only Android phone I know of is my brother who lives a thousand miles away. He has an original Droid and just got an iPhone for his wife. I've seen Android phones in the stores but never anyone using one.

Is it possible that Android is being used for non-SmartPhones? Could this basic LG phone I have be powered by Android and I don't know it?

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