Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) said it is seeing 850,000 new Android handsets and tablets activated each day, a mark that should rise to 1 million daily activations in a couple months.
Andy Rubin, creator of Android and senior vice president of mobile and digital content for Google, made the announcement in a blog post published to accompany his presence at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Feb. 27.
The 850K number in itself isn't significant. What's significant is the growth trajectory Android has been on, considering that Rubin said he was seeing 700,000 Android activations as of Dec. 20.
If Android's device growth rate holds, Rubin & Co. should be trumpeting 1 million daily activations in April. The platform has also seen a year-over-year growth rate of 250 percent, with the Android device total amounting to more than 300 million units worldwide.
Google's Android Market, which had 150,000-plus apps at MWC in 2011, now has more than 450,000 apps. That's only 100,000 less than Apple's App Store. Google is also seeing more than 1 billion monthly app downloads in the Market.