Back in October of 2011, Larry Page declared that Google's mobile products would generate $2.5 billion in 2011. The tech world marveled at his statement, which then subsequently made headlines across tech blogs everywhere. The Guardian has uncovered what may be a more detailed explanation of where all that revenue is coming from, and it will surprise many. According to The Guardian, of the $2.5 Billion in revenue, Android accounts for a just a tiny fraction of that number and in actuality Google's iOS products contribute way more to Google's bottom line.
According to court papers filed in the upcoming legal battle with Oracle, Google pulled in just $550 million from Android users between 2008 and 2011. That breaks down to roughly $10.00 year/Android handset. Where's the rest of that money coming from? Much of it is coming from iOS. Remember, Google has a deal with Apple, in place since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, through which it provides maps and the default search engine for its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch products. Doing the math shows that Google actually earns four times as much revenue from its deal with Apple than from Android. Surprised?
Source: The Guardian