Android Activations Now Top Half-Million Per Day

Executives from Google must be pleased with the growth of its Android mobile operating system.

This week Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin revealed that Android is now seeing one-half million device activations on a daily basis.

“There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w,” Rubin Tweeted early Tuesday. Just six months ago, Android’s daily activations were just 300,000.

Last October, Steve Jobs revealed that, on a good day, 300,000 iOS devices come online each day. Since then, iOS activations haven’t grown nearly as much as Android activations have.

Just one month ago, the number of daily Android activations was 400,000. If this rate of daily device activations continues, we could be looking at 620,000 daily Android activations by the end of the summer.

The IDC recently projected that Android will capture about 40% of the mobile OS market in the second half of 2011. That market share is projected to hit 43.8% by 2015, pushing Apple’s iOS further down the leadership board. By that time, IDC estimates that iOS won’t even be the second-most popular mobile platform. According to the IDC, Android will be in first, followed by Windows, and then iOS.