iOS gives Google more money than Android
It has recently been disclosed in the Guardian’s report that some figures revealed as part of a proposed settlement in an ongoing patent dispute case with Oracle shows that Google makes about four times more revenue from the iOS devices than the Android devices.
A court document also reveals that Google has made about $543 million from Android devices from 2008 to 2011, which makes it about $10 per Android device. They mainly generate revenue through advertises and application sales, as they offer the Android for free to the handset manufacturers.
On the other hand Google has also licensed Apple with some of their products as maps, search and so on. And since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 they are using these products and the Guardian reckons that Google earns four times the revenue from Apple devices as they earn from the Android devices.
According to Asymco’s Horace Dediu these calculations may even lead to make it five times more than the Android devices as some of the figures were taken as assumptions about costs and revenues and statements made in public. He also added that although it’s not a bad business for Google but it should not be referred to as a great one also. It may affect the growth of the Android devices as the economics of the Android devices is nothing like that of the iOS device.