Android Now Seeing 300,000 Activations Per Day

Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android team, doesn’t talk to his 15,000+ twitter followers very often. In fact, he’s only tweeted once before, and it was little more than a quick retort lobbed in Steve Job’s direction after he questioned Android’s definition of openness.

This evening, he let out but nine more words:

There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day.

This is mammoth growth over the numbers disclosed just four months ago, when Google head honcho Eric Schmidt proudly proclaimed that they were seeing just (and we use that word in the loosest sense) 200,000 activations per day.

At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that Android is outselling the iPhone by a notable margin. Hell, it’d be ridiculous if it wasn’t; Android’s on a few dozen devices, while the iPhone is just the one. Solely for comparison’s sake: Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones last quarter; day-by-day, that breaks down to around 157,000 units. Now, that’s just the iPhone — it doesn’t include the iPad or iPod Touch. But unless Andy Rubin’s getting a bit fuzzy with his definition of “activations”, their 300,000 is presumably almost entirely phones as well.