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Google Android - Benefit?

 
Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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Hi,

It's good that Google let Android platform for mobile development as open source. However, what Google gets out of it?

Not sure if somebody asked the same question earlier. Did a quick search, but unable to find a relevant match....
 
Jake Reynolds
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In Android specifically? Not much that I've noticed. But on the G1, and presumably other Google branded handsets, they have their own apps that you've got to tie in to your Google account. I'm sure it all comes back to indexing what they can so they can serve up ads to you.
 
Flaviu Simihaian
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That's an interesting question. It's similar to "What do Linux developers make money, like Ubuntu?" or "How does Sun make money from Java?"

The answer is: market share. If Android ends up taking Symbian's market share in 3-4 years, then Google's stock is going to benefit because of people confidence in the Google trade mark. Also, in such a case, 30% of all revenue for all paid applications go to them, which would be a lot of money at that time.
 
Ed Burnette
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From 50 questions asked and answered on Android:

Q. What is Android’s business model?

A. Somebody could rip out the Google stuff and put in Yahoo stuff. That’s ok. Our job is to continue to create killer apps that people will want to use. Google search, GMail, maps, etc.. If we ever fail to delight users our core business will go away. That’s why we felt comfortable using the Apache license.

While we’re showing demos with Google applications, but there is no requirement to use them.


 
Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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Thanks Flaviu Simihaian, Ed Burnette & Jake Reynolds for sharing the information.
 
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