Jobs Takes Dig At Android, Google Sets Him Straight

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Android

I’m normally not one to get into the whole fanboy war between iPhone and Android owners.  But Steve made a comment today at the Apple press conference that they activate 230,000 iOS devices a day, adding that,

“We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers”

Taking a direct stab at Eric Schmidt’s statement last month saying Android was activating 200,000 devices a day.

Well it didn’t take long before an official Google spokesperson came out with the following:

“The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services.”

So not only did Google achieve this milestone a month ago (meaning they’ve probably surpassed 230,000 activations per day, easily, with the number of new high-end devices launched this month and last) but they’re not even counting all the devices running Android.  This is most likely because devices running Google services natively require you to sign in to your account initially from the phone before doing anything, so this is an accurate way for Google to get their own numbers of how many devices are being activated with their OS.

So nice try Jobs, but maybe you should focus on telling people how to use and hold their devices, and what technologies they do and don’t need to use on those devices, and leave activating the most devices per day to Android.

Source: Fortune

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