In reporting their second quarter stats yesterday, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page has revealed that there are currently 1.5 million activations of new Android devices being made worldwide, every day.
Page noted that there have been more than 900 million devices activated since the first Android phone launched less than 5 years ago, and with around 1.5 million devices being activated every day it won't be long before the Google backed platform passes the one billion mark.
The increasing speed of Android connections has been pretty remarkable; at I/O 2012, the number of Android devices connected sat at 400 million, so the number has more than doubled by 2013. At the current rate, the one billion mark should be reached easily before the end of the year, with 1.5 billion targeted for 2014. It's worth remembering that only new connections are counted in the figures, second hand devices that are sold and connected with new user details are not included.
The Play Store is also benefiting from the increasing number of Android devices on the market, with more than 50 billion apps downloaded to date. With Google Glass on the horizon, as well as rumoured smartwatches and games consoles all running Android, things are looking pretty good right now.
The increasing usage of the Play Store is also benefiting developers, with Google paying out more to developers in the first six months of this year than in the whole of 2012.
Despite the promising stats, Google just slightly missed analysts predictions of earnings of $10.80 per share, coming in at $9.56. Despite this, Google's results of $14.11 billion shows an increase of 19% from the same quarter last year.