Apr 112013

John Kirk over at Techpinions has an excellent piece dissecting Google’s sleight of hand when divulging its Android numbers. When Google wants to represent its dominating presence of total “activations”, it uses the number of Android devices that check into Google’s servers; when it wants to tell a feel-good story about the climbing percentage of devices running the latest versions of its OS, it switches the metric of how many devices connect to Google Play store.

I’ve probably written this a hundred times: Google is a supremely disingenuous company, one that could give Microsoft from 15 years ago a run for its money. Whether we’re talking about the company’s laughably dishonest economic impact report, its incredibly hypocritical views on patent abuse or how it represents the strength of its ecosystem, they have no problem telling people what they want to hear – regardless of its basis in fact.

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