900 million

At the Google I/O keynote in San Francisco, Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai has just revealed that Android has passed the milestone of 900 million activations, up from 400 million in 2012 and 100 million in 2011.

Pichai called the milestone "an extraordinary ecosystem achievement," but joked "there are 7 billion people in the world, so we have a long way to go, and we think we're just getting started." 

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Android reaches 900 million activations

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that number sounds suspicious to me...

is Google suggesting that 1 in 7 people on this planet has activated an Android device?

how is that number calculated?

I have 11 Gmail addresses. I have done full factory default resets on my Galaxy Note 2 phone... each time using one of the 11 Gmaila ddresses... does that count as 1 activation or 11 activations?

The one thing that will bring that number down is a single person who owns multiple devices (like casual users who have a smartphone+tablet, or android bloggers who have 7 phones and 6 tablets.)

If I'm not mistaken, the activations are phones, tablets and such that have an active account with the play store. So off brand and low cost tablets that don't have access to the play store do not count. It doesn't matter how many email addresses you have on a single device, it's the device's unique number that registers with Google. So I think that this includes replacement phones as well.