Google chairman Eric Schmidt has denied that there is any tension with Samsung, the world's biggest mobile phone maker and the only Android handset manufacturer making substantial profits.
He also said it would be "against our religion" to try to block Facebook Home, the new app from the giant social network for Android phones that effectively takes over the device to display Facebook updates and photos.
Speaking at the AllThingsDigital Mobile conference in New York, Schmidt said that reports of tension between the search giant and its smartphone counterpart were incorrect, and that the relationship "has turned out to be the defining one" in Android.
The number of Android activations – phones that are connecting to Google's server as they are first used – has now hit 1.5m per day, Schmidt said. That compares to 1.4m per day last month, and 1.3m in autumn 2012. The company is now on track to have a billion devices running Android by the end of the year, he suggested – though it's unclear how many of those will be connecting to Google services. Around a third of all Android phones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012 were running a version of Android that doesn't use Google systems, according to the research company Gartner.