ICE buying 17,000 iPhones

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) replacing 17,000 employee BlackBerry devices for iPhones.

“Google […] provides their operating system as open source to support a wide variety of implementations across many hardware manufacturers. Google’s score is a direct reflection of ICE’s needs in sharp contrast to Google’s strategy. What is a strength for Google, is a risk for ICE.”

Download: iPhone_LSJ_Redacted.pdf

Comes down to making money

“Right now, Google will never admit to this reality. To be honest, I’m not sure most people on the Android team even realize this reality. But at the end of the day, this comes down to making money. Microsoft is currently making more money off of Android than Google is. iOS is providing more mobile revenue when it comes to Google searches. The model is already broken and it runs the risk of cracking wide open unless there’s a product that can keep it together.”

Android usage share 9/4/2012

Android usage share of the different versions as of September 4, 2012. Most Android devices to date still run the older OS version 2.3.x Gingerbread that was released on December 6, 2010.

Just interesting to me.

Version Release date API level Distribution (September 4, 2012)
4.1.x Jelly Bean July 9, 2012 16 1.2%
4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich October 19, 2011 14-15 20.9%
3.x.x Honeycomb February 22, 2011 11-13 2.1%
2.3.x Gingerbread December 6, 2010 9-10 57.5%
2.2 Froyo May 20, 2010 8 14%
2.0, 2.1 Eclair October 26, 2009 7 3.7%
1.6 Donut September 15, 2009 4 0.4%
1.5 Cupcake April 30, 2009 3 0.2%