A rather strangely angled piece on The Guardian – Google’s Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest
Just half a billion, in under four years? Google’s Android is often criticised for not being open enough, but here is an extreme rival perspective – surprise that Google may only be deriving $10 per Android handset per year (with 200m Android devices activated by the end of 2011). That is to say Android generated $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, reports The Guardian.
The figures have apparently come out of the Google-Oracle lawsuit, with the search giant making a damages offer as part of settlement talks.
The Guardian writes:
In a pre-trial settlement offer, Google proposed that it would pay Oracle a percentage of revenues from Android, suggesting it would pay $2.8m in damages on the two remaining patents that Oracle is asserting for the period to 2011, and then 0.5% of ongoing Android revenue on one patent which expires this December, and 0.015% on another which expires in April 2018. The court documents (PDF) do not explain how the Android revenue is calculated, but the key source would be advertising revenue. Google also gets a 30% cut from app sales to Android devices.
Oracle believes Android infringes Java-related patents and copyright, which the database giant owns following its acquisition of Sun Microsystems…
The offer has already been rejected, states The Inquirer.
The trial is scheduled to start 16 April.