Android activations are continuing to rise, Google has revealed, as soaring smartphone sales offset weak demand for tablets running the operating system.
According to the search giant’s CEO Larry Page, some 550,000 Android devices are being activated every day.
That’s up 150,000 from just six months ago and 50,000 more than the daily figure Android main man Andy Rubin revealed via Twitter last month.
The rise takes the total number of Android kits sold to a whopping 130 million, Page disclosed in Google’s Q2 earnings call.
Of these, it’s likely that nine out of ten are smartphones, reflecting the lukewarm response to Android tablets from consumers.
Growth for the Android Market, Google’s official applications store, is less marked with just 6 billion titles downloaded since it opened for business, equating to 46 apps per device.
This compares to a figure of 83 apps each Apple gadget owner is expected to download over the course of 2011 alone.