Google Replies Tersely To Jobs Android "Activation" Jibe

One line in yesterday's keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs has particularly miffed Google, the one where he says that "some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers".

He was obviously refering to Google recent declaration over the fact that 200,000 Android devices are being activated everyday; Jobs inferred that some of these might actually be upgrades to the latest versions of Android, hence counting devices more than once.

A Google spokesperson told Fortune's Seth Weintraub that "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."

This means that not only Jobs was wrong but the 200,000 figure mentioned by Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt back then, was probably well below the actual figure. What the figures also point out to is that Google probably sells more handsets than Apple anyway.

Jobs and Apple are not keen to push forward the iOS platform rather than individual devices, hence the move to include more and more products under the iOS banner.

Google is aware of this; just look at the number of Android tablets and other associated Android-based devices that will flood the market by Christmas.