In two years, Google has counted 500 million additional Android devices that have connected to the Play Store.
Google can congratulate itself. The American giant now has 3 billion active Android devices, demonstrating once again that it is indeed the most widely used operating system in the world. Google announced this milestone at its annual Google I / O conference, which focuses on Android app, AI, and Chrome app developers.
With 3 billion Android devices out in the wild, Google maintains a comfortable lead over Apple, which reported in January that there were 1.65 billion active iOS and macOS devices - up from 1.4 billion a year ago. Google, which launched Android in 2008, reported in 2019 that it reached 2.5 million active Android devices, a growth of around 500 million over the past two years. The US giant canceled the I / O conference last year due to the pandemic, so its management has not provided an update.
In April, Microsoft claimed to have 1.3 billion Windows 10 devices active monthly, a year after reaching its target of 1 billion, expected for two years, but nonetheless with impressive growth thanks to the pandemic and a surge in purchases laptops for distance education and telecommuting. In 2017, Google announced that Android had reached 2 billion active users; in 2014, there were 1 billion active android users, which mean that Google has tripled the android user base in the past six years.
An OS less profitable than iOS
Although Android devices connecting to Google Play are now twice as numerous as iOS devices connecting to the App Store, Apple still earns more revenue from app sales than Google. IOS users spent $ 21 billion on apps in the first quarter of 2021, while Android users spent around $ 11 billion on apps from Google Play.
Google also revealed the full version of Android 12 with a first public beta on Tuesday, which appears to be a major update and includes a new user interface, privacy features, and improvements. Google is following Apple on the privacy path and promises that Android 12 will give users more information about what data apps have access to. In a blog post, Google says it's also reducing permissions for apps.
A new privacy dashboard offers a 24-hour view of location, microphone and camera access. In Android 12, users will know in real time when an app is accessing the device's microphone or camera. Developers are required to ask the user to click before accessing these sensors.
Google also offers Android 12 users a camera and microphone button to shut off an app's access when they want to. Users also have the ability to clearly choose the precision with which location data is shared with an app. Like on iOS, Android 12 will notify users whenever an app reads data from the clipboard. “Android 12 is our most ambitious version in terms of privacy protection to date,” said Sara N-Marandi, product manager for the Android platform.