Google's Android Racks Up 500 Million Global Activations

12 September 2012, 12:11 pm EDT By Anu Passary Mobile & Apps

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Google's Director of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, announced that 500 million Android-powered devices have been activated worldwide.

"Today is a big day for Android... 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day," read Barra's Google+ post.

Barra's "1.3 million devices" proclamation reaffirms Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt's assertion at the Motorola press event on Sept. 5. 

In February, Andy Rubin, Google's SVP of Mobile and Digital Content, disclosed that at 850,000 activations per day, 300 million Android devices had been activated. The figure jumped to 400 million devices with 1 million activations per day in June.

The current figure is a major milestone for the company and augurs well for the future. The Android activation figure is estimated to touch the 600 million mark, especially with the holiday season round the corner.

Barra also announced that the Mountain View-based company's Jelly Bean statue was now repaired and back in the front yard. The statue was removed after its transparent plastic head melted in the Californian heat.

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