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:
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.