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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Jobs Jabs At Google, Google Jabs Back

During Wednesday's Apple press conference, CEO Steve Jobs took a not-too-subtle shot at Google and its Android platform. Google responded.

Most Apple press conferences start off with some statistics and state-of-the-company type stuff. Wednesday was no different, and Jobs noted that Apple is activating 230,000 iOS-based devices per day. He made sure to specify that that's 230,000 new devices being activated each day. That figure includes iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently let fly that the company is activating 200,000 new Android handsets per day. That number has swelled significantly since January of this year, when Google bragged of activating 60,000 Android handsets per day.

Steve Jobs said, "We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers." In other words, Jobs implied that the 200,000 figure touted by Google includes devices that are being upgraded from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2, for example. Google says no way.

A Google spokesperson to 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."

In other words, Google says it is under reporting the actual number of Android-based devices being activated each day.

Either way you look at it, 230,000 iOS devices and 200,000 Android devices being activated each day is impressive.

For comparison's sake, nearly 300,000 Symbian devices are being sold per day, at the rate of 207 per minute or over three per second. Sales that brisk adds up to 9 million Symbian devices sold per month.

Google and its partners sell 1 million Android handsets every five days, 6 million every 30 days, or 18 million every calendar quarter.

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