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Google CEO is 'not sure' Android is crucial to Google

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012

Larry Page sees Android as vehicle for ads

Google CEO Larry Page in a second day of testimony at trial made the unusual remark that he was "not sure" if Android was a critical asset for Google. While it was "very important," he emphasized the company's sometimes understated view that Android was ultimately a vehicle for Google services like ads, not an end into itself. The mobile OS was developed partly in response to earlier Java devices, he said: even with 100 phones to try, none of them would use Google's services properly.

While not directly cited, Google's initially tight partnership with Apple for the iPhone serves as public evidence. Even while Google was actively developing Android, it partnered with Apple as it saw having the default search position in Safari as a key source of revenue. While claims that Google makes more from iOS ad revenue than Android have been called into question, it's known that iOS is still a major revenue driver.

The statements helped wrap up examination of Page as the trial for Oracle's lawsuit begins to focus on more technical issues behind accusations that Google violated copyrights and patents by using Java code. Page was present mostly to give a view of Google's broader policy decisions and won't be returning to the courtroom unless subpoenaed by one of the two sides.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +19

    dump it

    Because google is a pile of jello.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +16

    Wow

    If that isn't a strong and powerful long-term commitment to a platform, I don't know what is.

    Android is winning.

  1. cashxx

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    Joined: Apr 2009

    +20

    Liar

    Ahh the face of a liar....

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

    -19

    Right

    Because MacNN clearly captures the context of his testimony in a f****** article headline.

    Get over yourselves, people. More ad bait, ironically.

  1. facebook_Chris

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    Joined: Apr 2012

    -9

    Editorializing much?

    The question is "was Android crucial to Google around 2010", not "now". And back in 2010 it wasn't, it had very little market share. I hate blogs that editorialize, like electronista.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/18/2957682/larry-page-android-isnt-critical-its-a-delivery-vehicle-for-google

  1. chas_m

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    There

    Finally, PROOF straight from the horse's mouth of what I've been saying for YEARS. All Google products -- ALL OF THEM -- exist as a vehicle to a) collect information about you and b) sell that data to advertisers. Google has NO OTHER MISSION.

    Now that you know this, it's up to you what you want to do about it.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Here's a neat party game

    Scroll up on this page until you come across Larry's picture. Scroll down again, just a bit, so that the picture is cut off at the bottom just below his eyes... so that you only see his eyes, not his mouth.

    Ask anyone if they think that guy is smiling or not. Answer you'll probably hear most often: "HeII no. He's trying to kiII me with his eyes."

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +7

    96% of Google's revenue is from ads

    Re: "...he emphasized the company's sometimes understated view that Android was ultimately a vehicle for Google services like ads, not an end into itself."

    That's right. You heard it from the horse's mouth.

    Good luck with those Chromebooks there Larry.

  1. SolarSaves

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2010

    +1

    Of course it isn't crucial

    As I recall from earlier news items,
    Google makes more money off of iOS ads than they do Android ads
    Microsoft makes more money off of Android than Google...

    In the long run, Google would probably save money by stopping development. Or at least stop contributing so much to MicroSoft's bottom line...

  1. facebook_Chris

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    Joined: Apr 2012

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    Inaccurate...

    The question is "was Android crucial to Google around 2010", not "now". And back in 2010 it wasn't, it had very little market share.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/18/2957682/larry-page-android-isnt-critical-its-a-delivery-vehicle-for-google

    Read more: http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/04/18/larry.page.sees.android.as.vehicle.for.ads/#ixzz1saTMrnob

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