There are over 3 billion active Android devices in the wild now. Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google, announced the news at Google I/O 2021, which is live, but totally online, this year.
Google added over 500 million active Android devices since its last developerâ€™s conference in 2019 and 1 billion devices since 2017. (That was when it hit the 2 billion mark.) The number is taken from the Google Play Store, which doesnâ€™t take into account devices based on Android but that use alternative stores, including Amazon Fire devices and the myriad of Chinese Android-based devices that avoid using Googleâ€™s apps altogether. That means the number of active Android devices is likely much higher than what Samat announced on the live stream.
The news feels like a flex against Apple, too. Apple announced over 1 billion active iPhones in the wild earlier this year â€” a mere third of the number of Android devices. Itâ€™s a bold reminder that Appleâ€™s smartphone and tablet dominance is largely limited to the United States and a few other regions. For everywhere else, itâ€™s Android.