Joel Rosenblatt and Jack Clark, reporting for Bloomberg:
Google Inc.’s Android operating system has generated revenue of
$31 billion and $22 billion in profit, a lawyer for Oracle Corp.
said in court while disclosing figures Google says shouldn’t have
been made public.
An analysis of the search engine giant’s tightly held financial
information was disclosed Jan. 14 by an Oracle attorney in the
database maker’s lawsuit accusing Google of using its Java
software without paying for it to develop Android. Google said in
a court filing that the lawyer based her statement on information
derived from its confidential internal financial documents.
“Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here,” the
Oracle attorney, Annette Hurst, told a federal magistrate judge as
she discussed Android revenue and profit, which have never been
Android, which was launched in 2008, makes money for Google in two
ways: adverts supplied by Google shown on Android phones, and
revenue Google takes from its mobile app store, Google Play.
Google urged a San Francisco federal judge on Jan. 20 to redact
and seal portions of the public transcript of last week’s hearing,
saying the Oracle attorney improperly disclosed “extremely
sensitive information” from documents that were marked “Attorney’s
There’s a juicy, gossipy angle on this, with regard to Google’s claim that Oracle’s release of this information was a breach of confidentiality. What strikes me, though, is that this just isn’t all that much money, at least by Google’s standards. Company-wide, Google reported $18.7 billion in revenue in their most recent quarter.
Alice Truong, writing for Quartz:
If the numbers are accurate, that would mean Android has generated
less revenue over its lifetime than the iPhone did in the quarter
ended Sep. 30, the most recently reported quarter. Then, Apple
said the iPhone generated $32.2 billion in sales.
Update: Keep in mind too that it’s in Oracle’s interest to inflate these numbers, as they seek damages from Google’s use of Java. If anything, Google has probably made less than this amount from Android.
★ Thursday, 21 January 2016