A lawyer in Oracle’s ongoing lawsuit against Google has disclosed how much revenue and profit the search giant makes off of its Android operating system. During court proceedings on January 14th, Annette Hurst — the Oracle attorney — stated that Android has generated revenue of $31 billion, $22 billion of which is profit.
Google quickly urged a San Francisco federal judge to redact and seal the sections of testimony that disclosed the information, saying that the attorney from Oracle disclosed the information based on data that was contained in Google’s confidential internal financial documents.
“Google does not publicly allocate revenues or profits to Android separate and apart from Google’s general business,” the company said in the filing. “That non-public financial data is highly sensitive, and public disclosure could have significant negative effects on Google’s business.”
Google has never disclosed how much money they make of off ads supplied by Google shown on Android devices or the revenue generated by the Google Play app store.
Oracle is currently suing Google for using its Java software to develop Android without having paid for it, and is potentially seeking over $1 billion in damages — a hefty amount, but not that hefty if the disclosed revenue and profit figures Oracle released are accurate.Source: Bloomberg
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