According to court documents made public this week by Oracle, Google has made a ton of cash from the Android mobile operating system. In total, taken from what Google says is information from confidential and internal financial documents, a revenue of $31 billion has been posted, with profit at $22 billion. This money stems mainly from advertisements seen on Android devices, as well as money made from Google Play.
This information was made available in Oracle’s ongoing court battle with Google, with Oracle claiming Google used Java software without paying for it to develop Android. Google is urging a San Francisco federal judge to redact and seal portions of the public transcript from last week’s hearing where this information was made public.
Google makes the claim that, “non-public financial data is highly sensitive, and public disclosure could have significant negative effects on Google’s business.” Oracle is currently seeking $1 billion in damages from Google.
How these exact figures were conjured up is currently unknown, but if they are even semi-close to being correct, Android is a very profitable business for Google, one which they have been fighting to protect for five years now from Oracle.
At the end of the day, we as consumers don’t really need to care about how much Google is making from Android, just as long as they continue to support and innovate with the OS.