Is Google making a fraction of the money from ad sales on the Android platform as from iPhone-based sales? That's what reports are saying today, after financial documents leaked from an Oracle suit suggest that Google has only made $550 million since 2008 on Android. However, let's not get too excited; it seems that Google may not be offering up the full picture so that Oracle can't claim as much in damages.
According to the court documents, Google only makes about $10 per Android per year, while they make roughly three times as much from each PC per year.
I am totally not buying this. While Google makes a certain amount for every Google search in Safari or on Google Maps through the iPhone, the entire Google ecosystem is attached to Android phones, including GMail, Google Calendar, Google+, Google Music and Google Play. Surely the amount of money Google is getting – either directly or inderectly – from ad sales and purchases throuhgh Google Play far outweighs how much they are making from iPhones.