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Google Responds to Steve Jobs' Activations Gibe

Yesterday during Apple's iPod and Apple TV event, Steve Jobs made a sly gibe at Apple's iOS competitors. While speaking about how many activations Apple sees on a daily basis, Jobs said his impressive number of 230,000 new activations doesn't include upgrades.

"We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers," Jobs said, making sure to point out to the press in attendance that Apple didn't count upgrades in its activations numbers. "These are new activations," he added.

Though Jobs didn't mention any names, it was clear that the friends he was referring to were the folks over at Google. Last month, Eric Schmidt revealed that they were activating 200,000 Android phones per day. Clearly Steve thinks this number has been padded with the inclusion of upgrades. However, Google yesterday responded to Steve's shot at Android and denied that this is the case. The search giant told Fortune:

"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 there you go. Google doesn't include upgrades in its activations numbers. In fact, they might even be under reporting things. Your turn, Steve.

Source: Fortune

    At least Apple found a way to lure dumb people into technology. I'll give them that much.
  • silver565
    There will always be a market for drop kicks
  • banthracis
    Both those numbers seem off. By Job's numbers, that's 7 millions new iphones/ipads in the last month. I don't think they've sold that many total, nevermind the last month.

    Google's numbers would be at 6 millions android phones sold in the last month, which is more believable, but based on sales numbers released by the companies, still a bit high.

    Clearly the term activation has to be properly defined.

  • nightcrawl3r
  • someguynamedmatt
    Oh, snap.
  • restatement3dofted
    You'd think that after striking out at competitors after the iPhone 4 antenna fiasco and getting his ass handed to him by Nokia and RIM, Steve-O would have learned his lesson, but apparently not. Maybe this will do the trick.

    Oh, who am I kidding. No it won't.
  • ckthecerealkiller
    Do these activations include used devices purchased and activating a new contract? Just new devices purchased and starting a new contract? Or how many times an iPhone was turned on per day or what? New activations could mean so many things.... I still give Android the market overall. At the almighty Jobs' behest or not.
  • borisof007
  • Abrahm
    Steve thinks Android activation numbers were counting upgrades? Upgrades from what? The G1? Android didn't get mass market presence until November of 2009 with the launch of the Droid. How many people have upgraded their device within a year?

    Also, 230,000 devices a day for iPhone 4, not including upgrades, doesn't sound right to me. Sounds way too high, not to mention Android has been gaining ground on iPhone in all of the polls.
  • adikos
    230,000 is also the number of blue jeans + long sleeve black shirts inside Job's closet.