SPEEDY ANDROID GROWTH: Rubin (left) with Samsung president head of mobile communications business J.K. Shin unveiling the Galaxy Nexus that features the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in this Oct 19, 2011 filephoto. - Reuters
Google senior vice-president of mobile Andy Rubin announced via a post on his Google+ account that "[t]here are now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day."
He added, "for those wondering, we count each device only once (for example, we don't count re-sold devices), and activations means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."
The figure equates to 4.9 million Android activations per week or 255.5 million activations per year. In other words, if Google could sustain its current rate of 700,000 activations a day and the global population remained constant at 2010's 6.84 billion, it would take just under 27 years until everyone on the planet owned an Android device.
Android's speedy growth is a huge ego boost for Google - in November the company revealed that it had activated more than 200 million devices at a rate of 550,000 activations per day.
Apple announced that it had sold 250 million iOS devices during the iPhone 4S announcement in October but did not reveal its daily activation rate. - Relaxnews 2011