Chris Ziegler of The Verge was finally able to clarify (via a source, presumably within Google) what Google means exactly when they give Android activation numbers. Essentially, it’s when you activate Google services on the device.
In other words, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc, don’t count as Android devices by this metric. Seems a bit odd, no? Android is an open ecosystem, but Google only counts you if use their services.
Sure, you can argue that Google has no way of knowing the numbers for those other Android devices, but they could at least acknowledge them. It’s weird that they don’t given the millions of units this would add overall ecosystem bottom line.
So, if Google doesn’t count Kindle, Nook, etc., then they are to be faulted for “not acknowledging” those devices. Surely, if Google does count Kindle, Nook, etc., then they are to be faulted for inflating their numbers.
You could think Google is doing wrong no matter what. Or you can think MG Siegler is an Apple enthusiast who is just a little bit, umm, opinionated.
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