Google Claims to Activate 700,000 Android Devices Every Day

What difference can a day make? For Google, the answer is 700,000 Android-powered mobile devices.

On Tuesday, Google‘s senior VP of mobile devices Andy Rubin revealed that the Internet search giant presently activates close to three-quarters of one-million Android mobile phones daily.

As Forbes reported, if you put those numbers into perspective, that amounts to 255 million devices a year, or one billion devices every four years, assuming that rate of activation continues.

“And for those wondering,” Rubin adds, “we count each device only once (ie, 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 latest stats from Gartner show that Android now powers just north of 52 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide (those sold during Q3 of 2011, that is). That lofty percentage is more than double Android’s global market share just one year ago.