Does Google make more money off iOS than Android?

Google has bragged in the past about 850,000 smartphones and tablets based on Android are activated on a daily basis. Now there is a report that the company actually generates less revenue from Android than it does providing services for Apple's iOS devices.

The Guardian reports that it has obtained a settlement offer from Google to Oracle as part of an ongoing lawsuit. (Oracle ended up rejecting the settlement). The report claims that the Oracle offer includes some revenue numbers from Google.

In particular, the article states that Google generated less than $550 million in revenues from its Android OS between its launch in 2008 and late 2011. By comparison, Google generated a total of $38 billion in revenues just in 2011.

On the other hand, the article also claims that Google's services such as Google Maps in iOS devices and Google Search in Apple's Safari web browser created almost four times as much revenue for the company as Android does.

Google releases the Android OS to smartphone and tablet makers for free in the hopes that it can generate money from ads displayed on those devices. Google has not commented on the Guardian's article nor how it came up with its figures based on the lawsuit settlement.

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Who cares. Money is money...right? I think its good. I prefer iOS users pay for all my Android apps for me. I have several apps that are from .99 to 4.99 on iOS free on Android.

Thanks iOS users for Angry Birds and many others.

xpclient said,
Yeah but if it wouldn't have been for Android, iPhone would have been a near monopoly and monopolies aren't good.

That's true. We all lose when one company has a monopoly.

simplezz said,
Interesting figures. I think Android will make more money once it hits critical mass.

How, when Google continues to offer it for free.
It's all about service revenue on the platform(s).

And we all know that the people who use Android don't pay for anything, and will stop at nothing to find the ultimate ad blocking apk.

dotf said,

How, when Google continues to offer it for free.
It's all about service revenue on the platform(s).

And we all know that the people who use Android don't pay for anything, and will stop at nothing to find the ultimate ad blocking apk.

But they buy the Apps, of which Google takes 30%.
And also use services like Google Search and Maps, which also make Google money. And this Android base is the perfect market for Google, to push the Google+ down their throats.

And I expect massive integration with Google+ in some future update, to push Facebook back.
Perhaps in Jelly Bean?

If Google Maps for iOS is making Google all that much money, you would think they could update it to match the functionality of the Android version.

sphbecker said,
If Google Maps for iOS is making Google all that much money, you would think they could update it to match the functionality of the Android version.

they gotta give people some kind of incentive to chose an android phone over an iphone lol

sphbecker said,
If Google Maps for iOS is making Google all that much money, you would think they could update it to match the functionality of the Android version.

By "They" you mean Apple, right? Since after all that is an Apple made app just like the YouTube app.

Then if Apple updated it to match the functionality of Android wouldn't more people use the navigation feature a lot more? Wouldn't that mean Apple has to pay more?

Just some food for thought.

tHaCuBe said,

they gotta give people some kind of incentive to chose an android phone over an iphone lol

i'd never do that just for a stupid map :-D

sphbecker said,
If Google Maps for iOS is making Google all that much money, you would think they could update it to match the functionality of the Android version.

They're talking about the service, not the app.
I would presume this is due to all the popular apps which use Google's super expensive mapping platform that was posted about days ago.

Apple know this, which is why they are working to remove dependence on Google technologies.

dotf said,

I would presume this is due to all the popular apps which use Google's super expensive mapping platform that was posted about days ago.

Apple know this, which is why they are working to remove dependence on Google technologies.

This has been like this since October 2011. Why should "heavy" users get a free ride?

Also, what is replacing the YouTube App?

Now I don't want to come across as one of those "oh my God this is old news i'm having a cry and quiting Neowin" di**heads but wasn't this posted a few days/weeks ago?

Microsoft makes more money with Android instead of Windows Phone. Google makes more money with iOS instead of Android. This is craziness. The world surely will implode.

UndergroundWire said,
Microsoft makes more money with Android instead of Windows Phone. Google makes more money with iOS instead of Android. This is craziness. The world surely will implode.

To make the circle complete would it be nice that Apple makes profit from Windows Phone.

Microsoft doesn't always make money with Android. Some of Microsoft's claims on those Android phones are due to the customization done by the phone manufacturers.

AtriusNY said,
Microsoft doesn't always make money with Android. Some of Microsoft's claims on those Android phones are due to the customization done by the phone manufacturers.

So like I said, they make money off of Android not Google.