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96% of Google's $14.42 Billion in Revenue Came from Ads

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jan 23, 2013


Google made $14.42 billion last quarter, up 36% from the same quarter last year. Of the $14.42 billion, Google made a healthy $2.89 billion in profit, which is certainly nothing to scoff at. Over the entire year, Google's revenue was $50 billion, but the company had to spend $14 billion on operating expenses, like data centers.

But what's even more interesting is HOW Google makes their money. As primarily an advertising company, Google made 96% of their money from the sites they run – like Google search, YouTube and Gmail – together with all the advertising money which they make from sites which carry Google ads. That means only 4% of the money Google made came from "other" activities.

We have no idea how much Google is making from Google Play, but we have a hunch the company isn't making very much from Android.That's because advertisers tend to pay about half for an ad on a mobile device than on a desktop. This makes the mobile OS hard to monetize.

It's almost hard to believe but even with all the fanfare Google creates about their Android OS, it's far from being Google's main moneymaker. That said, should they finally start getting their act together and working more closely with Motorola engineers (which they might be doing already), they could start making a lot more money in manufacturing. We shall see what 2013 brings!

Source: New York Times

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • @Gary, maybe... but Android is the means to integrate all their services and to have them at the top of mind of consumers. The more android handsets there are out there, the more likely people will use one or another google service that would directly or indirectly generate revenue for them.

  • John A Jan 24, 2013 Link to comment

    now if only Google paid more tax :)

  • OK, without the balance sheets to confirm this statistic, I'm calling BS. If they didn't make a significant amount of profit from the Play Store and Google's Android platform, it would be dropped.. Simple

  • Juan vega Jan 23, 2013 Link to comment

    Perhaps Google doesn't want to make more money off of Android. Boosting prices wouldn't appeal to what has become the Android motto: fast, reliable, highly customizable, and inexpensive.

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