Graph: Android’s 500k Activations/Day, On Course For 1 Million By November

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Another milestone reached today for Google (NSDQ: GOOG) in its march on the mobile world: it is now activating 500,000 Android devices per day, and is growing at rate of 4.4 percent per week. We’ve charted this data below, to show that there could be more than one million Android devices activated by year-end, if the rates stay constant.

The data, delivered today by Google’s Android supremo Andy Rubin in a tweet, was the latest update from the company. In December, Rubin noted that Android was on a 300,000/day activation rate. That was on top of Eric Schmidt’s news in August that there were 200,000 activations/day.

Put this all together and you can see that Rubin’s latest numbers underscore a significant spike in the platform’s growth, across tablets and smartphones. Given that other big smartphone players will be keeping relatively quiet for the next few months — Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) will not be releasing a new device until Autumn, and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) will not be launching its first Windows smartphones until the end of the year — that could mean smooth sailing for Google for the next several months.

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An exponential growth curve! Unfortunately, it means nothing to me as a consumer, as a businessperson, as an engineer and as an investor. 

As a consumer, I buy what I need. Exponential growth curve says nothing about what I need. 

As a business person providing software engineering staff and expertise to various overseas small corporations, the growth curve means nothing; we are already developing for Android where we must. At the same time, we also develop for iOS because the demand there is also real and massive. 

As an engineer, if I were to do Apps on the side to sell, iOS is still more profitable. Until the Android Market Place can sell my apps as well as iOS AppStore, I have to focus on iOS.  

As an investor, I cannot invest in Android. I have to look at HTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola and Google individually based on much more than just a daily activation rate. With Apple, Nokia, Microsoft and RIM, I have to look at each one, not on some meaningless daily activation number.  

So what is the point of throwing out a number? To fool the gullible? Mislead the uninformed? Rally the Choir? 

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