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Google fends off Apple attack on Android activation counts

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Google fends off Apple attack on Android activationsAt yesterdays Apple event, CEO Steve Jobs revealed they are seeing 230,000 iOS devices activated per day. Jobs made it clear that these were new activations, not upgrades. Without saying any competitors names directly, he implied Google is off in their count.

“We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers,” Steve Jobs. “We think we are ahead of everyone.”

Is Google padding their numbers of Android activations? Earlier this year, Google announced they were activating 200,000 devices every day. While Job’s number includes iPads and iPod touch devices, it would seem Apple is still in the lead.

Google responded to Seth Weintraub, “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.”

That begs the question, what phones don’t have Google services? It would seem Android phones in China do not, but some others, such as this Commtiva T1 from Taiwan do not as well. According to winandmac.com, phone manufacturers have to pay for the license for Google services such as Gmail apps. Further, the site suggests users who want to check their Gmail on these devices will have to use gmail.com.

We’re left to wonder how many are activated in just the US. Other questions we have include: should all iOS devices be counted, or just iPhones? Will Google count Android-powered tablets and the myriad of other gadgets the OS is being ported to?

Read: [Fortune]

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