In 2011, Google CEO Larry Page boastfully revealed that his company’s mobile products generated over $2.5 billion in revenue for the year. But it may have been iOS, not Android, that contributed most of the dough to Google’s enormous sum. According to The Guadrian, Android generated less than $550 million in revenue for Google between 2008 and 2011. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was reportedly a cash cow for the Mountain View-based company.
Apple’s use of Google’s Maps and Search products has helped boost Google’s revenues. As The Guardian explains:
But while some people interpreted that to indicate Android revenue, it overlooked Google’s 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, which run Apple’s iOS software. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said the company has sold 315m iOS devices, though nearly half of those have been sold in the past year. The Guardian acquired the figures from court papers in a patent infringement case between Google and Oracle.
If Android was responsible for just $550 million of Google’s revenues, much of the rest of those revenues likely came from Apple. Steve Jobs may have hated Android, but it sounds like this is a classic case of “Can’t live with em’, can’t live without em’.”