In early October, Google announced that the Android Google Play store had officially passed 25 billion application installations. This is huge news, considering just 10 months ago the company finally passed 10 billion downloads, a number that took it three years to reach. Much to Apple’s chagrin, surely, this giant leap speaks to the rapid growth of the Android ecosystem, especially the adoption of Android mobile devices by new consumers. Apparently, 1.3 million Android smartphones are activated around the world every day, and in September, Google said that Android was currently on 500 million smartphones. That number is considerably higher than Apple’s 400 million iPhone activations that were announced just a few days later.