Google's head of Android unit, Andy Rubin, today responding to a rumor floated by Robert Scoble's Google+ post entry, in which Rubin was reportedly leaving Google to head up a new startup called CloudCar -- tweeted "No plans to leave Google."
Based in Los Altos, Calif., CloudCar is made up of some former Core Mobility and WebTV Networks alums. (Rubin had at one time worked for WebTV/MSN TV before founding Danger Inc., which was acquired by Microsoft.)
Rubin also noted that Oh, and by the way -- "Android now has 900,000 activations per day."
No plans to leave Google.Oh, and just for meme completeness -- there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day :-)@Scobleizer-- Andy Rubin (@Arubin) June 10, 2012
Rubin also on his Google+ account posted that,
"How a rumor gets factualized: Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos. Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson's company: www.reveltouch.com) is another cool company that shares this space. I'm not joining either one and I don't have any plans to leave Google. See you on the 27th!"
Rubin, last disclosed android's activations per day as -- 850,000 -- during Mobile World Congress on February 27. The new number means 27 million a month or 81 million every 90 days. That number is consistent with actual smartphone sales.
Gartner, which tracks sales to end users rather than the analyst firm standard of shipments into the channel, reports 81.067 million Androids sold during first quarter -- again, that's smartphones and doesn't include tablets. By comparison, Apple sold 33.1 million iPhones, but the number doesn't include iPad or iPod touch.
The good news is that daily activations keep going up -- after jumping from 500,000 to 700,000 between June and December of last year, and from 700,000 to 850,000 in the following two months.