Fifth of World Population Now Use an Android Device

Android handsetsAndroid now has 1.4bn monthly active users – equivalent to a fifth of the worlds popualtion

The figure was revealed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the companys Nexus event, which also saw the unveiling of two new handsets.

That figure has increased from 1bn in May 2014, with emerging markets driving the growth. Pichai singled out Indonesia and Vietnam, two markets where the number of Android users has doubled in the past year.

“These people are adopting the smartphone for the first time in many cases,” he said.

Its worth noting that this figure includes forked versions of Android, which dont include access to Google services, most notably the Play store. The number of non-forked users is likely somewhere around 1bn users – the amount Pichai said now access the Play store each month.