According to the U.S. Census bureau, approximately five babies are born every second around the world. That’s 255 babies per minute, or 367,419 per day. Try to picture it: rows upon rows of cribs holding pink-faced newborns, stretching into the distance – every two minutes, enough babies are born to populate an entire primary school.
That’s a lot of diapers.
Keep picturing that sea of cribs. Okay — Double it. 10 babies per second; 600 per minute.
Now, erase the babies but keep the cribs (ah, sweet silence).
Instead of newborns, fill each crib with a small, glowing box, covered in buttons.
That’s how many Android devices are activated each day.
During last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, YouTube’s global head of content, Robert Kyncl, gave a keynote address in which he claimed, “There are more Android activations every day than babies born on earth,” which prompted laughter from the audience.
The Atlantic Wire’s Dino Grandoni decided to investigate Kyncl’s statement and found it to be valid: In late December, Google’s Andrew Rubin announced that there are more than 700,000 Android devices activated daily; by comparison, the Census bureau’s estimate that 367,419 babies will be born each day in 2012 means that the number of Android activations are just under double the amount of newborns born each day.
One crib, one baby, two Androids.
Can you picture it?