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Google lost money on Android every quarter in 2010, a judge revealed today.Reuters reports that Judge William Alsup, who is oveseeing the Oracle-Google trial, had previously sealed a document showing Google’s sales figures for Android in 2010. Today, though, he revealed that it lost money in each quarter.
“That adds up to a big loss for the whole year.”
Previously, an internal Google presentation released during the trial showed that the company expected to lose $113 million on Android during the year. At that time, Google expected Android to earn $62 million in 2011, $248 million this year, and $548 million in 2013.
Google may in fact have turned the corner on Android by now, but it doesn’t really matter — Android has helped Google establsh a presence on smartphones, giving it a path to earn money via mobile advertising and integrated mobile and local search. That’s vital as users do more things with smartphone apps, and spend less time on the web.
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