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This article was published on January 21, 2016


Oracle says Google made more than $31 billion from Android

Oracle says Google made more than $31 billion from Android
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Bloomberg reports today that an Oracle lawyer said in court Google had made more than $31 billion in revenue from Android since the company acquired the mobile operating system.

Oracle is suing Google for copyright infringement for basing its API naming scheme on Java’s to help offer developers familiarity. Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, the creator of Java, then sued Google in 2010.

According to Google, Oracle’s numbers are based off of “confidential internal financial documents” which gives even more credibility to the staggering numbers — given that Android doesn’t actually generate direct income for the search giant.

The money was made from advertising and Google Play, as the company doesn’t charge a license fee for manufacturers to license Android.

The report says that Oracle’s attorney incorrectly disclosed the figures. Google’s attorney said that the company “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.”

Oracle is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

Google’s Android Generates $31 Billion Revenue, Oracle Says [Bloomberg]

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