There are now more than 3 billion active Android devices in the wild. Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management at Google, announced the news at Google I / O 2021, which is live, but fully online, this year.
Google has added more than 500 million active Android devices since the last developer conference in 2019 and 1 billion devices since 2017 (that was when it hit the 2 billion mark.) The number comes from the Google Play Store, which doesn’t take into account with Android-based account devices that use alternative stores, including Amazon Fire devices and the myriad of Chinese Android devices that avoid using Google apps altogether. That means the number of active Android devices is likely to be much higher than what Samat announced in the live stream.
The news also feels like a flex against Apple. Apple announced more than 1 billion active iPhones in the wild earlier this year – just a third of the number of Android devices. It’s a bold reminder that the dominance of Apple’s smartphones and tablets is largely limited to the United States and a few other regions. It’s Android for everywhere.
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