The Android operating system may not be vital to the Google search engine, but Google makes a killing from the ads sold through the Android operating system.
These sentiments were expressed by Google’s Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Pichette recently, while replying to a question from a financial analyst during the company’s second quarter earnings call on the 16th of July.
He said, “Android] is not a huge resource investment, but it’s a formidable return in that what you have is the entire ecosystem exploding.”
While Apple is obviously minting money through the sale of iPhones (the new iPhone reportedly sold 3 million pieces in just three weeks) Google is doing so through the sale of mobile ads on the iPhone.
Other phone makers are also using the Android open source operating system to make new Android devices.
Search has reportedly grown by 300% in the first half of this year, according to Jonathan Rosenberg, Vice President of Product Management at Google. He says that the most popular app on the Android devices is a browser through which users search for products and ads thus helping Google to earn more money.