Android activations have grown to 1.5 million a day, but the growth still perceived as stalled.
Android OS has been growing ever since it was launch in 2008 and has now reached as high as 1.5 million activations per day. The cumulative activations of Android devices have reached a whopping 900 million. These figures are astonishing, especially looking at what little time the OS has spent in the market.
However, many perceive these figures as indications of a stalling growth for Android. Although, if we go back to the Q2 figures indicated by Google in the Google I/O, the figures were the same. This definitely does not indicate that Android devices are gradually becoming less popular.
On the contrary, Android is now not just Google’s Android anymore. Few countries such as China have started developing Android devices that do not have Google services in them. This means that any Android device that does not have Google services will not be counted in Google’s data.
With this, we can understand that though all Android devices may not have Google services in them, they’ll be still popular amongst people. Google, though, has reported a mere 19% growth in its overall revenues in the second quarter of this year, the company is still expected by its users to grow and reach tremendous heights, Android included.
Google’s latest dashboard figures suggest that the issue with fragmentation has all but become negligible. The Tuesday updates received on Google dashboard showed that nearly 58.6% of Android users accessing the Google Play have devices with Android 4.0 or higher running.
A Forrester report on mobile users and application development indicates that users and companies prefer the two most popular platforms – Android and iOS. According to a new report by Forrester, Apple seems to have retained its top most position where users make actual purchases through mobile devices.
Google, though much later, finally introduced an all device Android Device Manager service, right before the launch of its first true Google phone – Moto X. Google may have been late in introducing it, but it finally did bring on the feature that will help all Android device users to locate their devices.
A blog post on App Annie Index reported that though Android is in lead where app download is concerned, iOS leads the competition as far as app monetization is considered. It is a known fact that majority of the people all over the globe use Android devices. It is hence no surprise that app download over Google Play exceeds that of Apple’s App Store.
TBR analysts suggest a major rise in Google’s revenue generated from the Cloud and Google App Engine. In a Thursday analyst note, TBR analysts estimated that Google nearly earned $200 million in the second quarter via its Google Cloud Platform and App Engine. This rise is nearly a 195% up from its previous year’s earning.
Google’s Android app marketplace has witnessed a great boost in its revenue growth this year, Japan and South Korea being major contributors, while Apple witnessed a low boost in its revenue growth. Distimo, an app store analytics firm, in a report released yesterday reported that Google Play has seen a significant revenue growth this year.
Google surprised all its users with news of its next Android version being named after the Nestle chocolate bar KitKat. Up until now, Google had indicated that its new Android 4.4 version will named as Key Lime Pie. Thus, when it was announced that the Android 4.4 version will be named KitKat, it was quite a surprise.
The tech news roundup of this week features: Google launches the beta version of Android P, Microsoft open-sources Azure IoT Edge runtime, further embraces Kubernetes, and Google announces an update to Lighthouse, its website optimization tool.
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