Whether you’re making smartphones, the software that powers them, or the services they access, there’s no denying that the smartphone industry is seriously big business. Every few months, we get a little direct insight into just how big that business is when the companies involved issue financial statements on their most recent performance. And while these disclosures can be a great tool to see just how well all these companies are doing, especially for the larger ones – those with interests far removed from just smartphones, tablets, and wearables – it can occasionally be a little difficult to separate that income from other sources. We’ve often found ourselves complaining about the lack of really granular data from Google when it comes to Android, but now a key figure has just come to public light, with the revelation that Android’s brought in some $31 billion for Google since its inception.
This news comes out of Google’s ongoing legal battle with Oracle, as disclosed to the latter’s lawyers. Over the years, Android’s generated $31 billion in revenue, and $22 billion in ultimate profit.
Google’s not at all happy that this info is showing up on the public record for the case, arguing that it’s sensitive information that was supposed to remain confidential. Nevertheless, it’s out in the open now.
Those numbers may look pretty big, but when compared to the whole of Google’s revenue streams, Android comes across as small potatoes. Consider the Q3 figures we checked out back in October, which had the company generating $18.7 billion in revenue for that one quarter alone.