Report: Google earns four times more revenue from iOS than Android

By Jos · 5 replies
Mar 30, 2012
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  1. Google may not directly benefit from offering the Android operating system to phone vendors for free, but mobile devices are an important -- if still relatively small -- part of…

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  2. "It's no secret that Microsoft makes more money from Android than it own Windows Phone, thanks to its shady patent trolling lawyers." - fixed that for you. ;)
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    If they were shady no one would be paying a penny to MS, on the other hand, it proves one thing, Google stole every patent they could (along with all the design elements) to make android work (or rather imitate) like iOS. By the way it is not just MS they need to pay royalty for patents ...
  4. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    You couldn't possibly be more wrong.
  5. @Archean: I can't tell if you're just trolling or if you literally have no idea what you're talking about.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Do a little research and you will know what I mean, I form my opinion based upon my own experience + lots of readings from different sources, and you will be surprised how many people think Android is a copycat of iOS. Regarding patent troubles, why all manufacturer's end up paying to patent holders, have you ever put some effort and time thinking about it? I doubt it very much, so before you decide to utter something, make sure it is useful.

    Here are some quotes for you:

    1. "In many respects, Android is to the iPhone's iOS as Windows is to the Mac: a pale imitation running a few years behind. Android OS 1.5 being a pale imitation of iPhone OS 2, Android OS 2.0 an awkward copy of iPhone OS 3, and Android OS 2.2 a slightly less awkward copy of iOS 4.

    Android adopted very much the same user interface as the iPhone OS (now called iOS), with just a few differences here and there. It also copied most of the functionality, adding a few of its own, such as voice-based Web search. Put an Android device next to an iPhone, and the copycat quality is obvious. Work with an Android device after using an iOS item, and the uneven quality of that copying also becomes apparent."
    (I'll add after ICS it is not behind iOS by that much but security and stability issues remain, but anyway)

    2. Google copied the two-line preview of emails in the Gmail app (found in Apple's iPhone email program since 2007), or the "quick response" buttons at the bottom of the email app (almost identical in order and purpose to those in Apple's iPhone email program), or the provision of a shortcut to the camera from the phone's lock screen from early WP devices.

    3. Anyone who has used both Android and iOS can’t help but notice how much of a similarity there is between the two platforms, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Android was, at the very least, inspired by iOS.

    4. Android normally feels, which is an uglier and slower version of iOS.

    To sum up where iOS + Android + WP are:

    "Every consumer -- even iPhone and Android buyers -- gives up something he or she wants because it means they’ll get something that they want even more. iPhone users give up a lot of freedom. Android users give up security and consistency. A Windows Phone user has to willfully reject the benefits of a fully-mature OS with more features and more powerful apps."

    I have extensively used iOS + Android + WP devices, and each have its own advantages, but when it comes to reliability + stability & performance, my experience tells me that android should always be my last choice in this respect. Although as others has noted "Android is the windows for mobile phones, crappy but successful".

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