quote: The FTC began investigating the sharing of board members in 2009 and whether it violated antitrust laws, and Schmidt ended up leaving the board that same year. From there, rivalry between the two has heightened due to Apple launching lawsuits against phone makers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, who run Android on their phones.
quote: You obviously do not understand Google. Android is not meant to make money. It is meant toa) Ensure that mobile advertising is not controlled by someone like Apple, andb) Provide a platform for Google to expand search, location, mapping and other services in to mobile realm (along with all the money-making advertising that comes attached to these).It has been hugely successful, and mobile revenue is growing on a hockey-stick-like curve.
quote: Glad you know so much more about Google than I do. But I think you are wrong. Look again at the two purposes for Android I stated. Also, I think a run-rate of $1 billion is not a failure. The trend was towards *very* rapid increase. There are also many other sources of revenue (app sales, payments, ...). Android is a strategic platform for Google, and it is only a few years old. As far as I can see, you armchair CEOs have no clue whatsoever. Google can think very long term, because their revenue stream allows them to. But Android is already a success, and growing into a bigger one. Admittedly, Apple is more successful in this area, due to superb products and execution. They may continue to succeed, or they may not. Things change very rapidly in this industry. But calling Android a failure at this stage is just dumb.
quote: That means that total mobile revenue will account for about 6.5% of Google's revenue.
quote: Even the one maker of an Android tablet that is selling in quantity, the Amazon Fire, is selling the device at a loss and excludes many Google services.
quote: You are flat out insane if you're trying to make a case that Android has been a net loss for Google. Do you even research this stuff? Look at their quarterly profits ever since Android got big. Notice something?
quote: You seem to think that Google has made a lot of money from Android - OK - show us some figures to support that proposition.
quote: And how much has Google invested in it's Android strategy?
quote: That's JUST the direct profits of the mobile division. Are you thick or something? What I'm saying is that Android increases the overall use of Google's services, thus increases their profits.
quote: If Google has to play the long game, so what? Android will eventually be a $10+ billion dollar generator.
quote: Nice try, but Android is clearly profitable.