Asymco: Google Makes More per iOS Device Than Android Devices
Horace Dediu of Asymco has pointed out something very interesting regarding Google’s smartphone revenue per year. While the tech giant’s smartphone revenue is on the rise, which appears to be good news for Android (on the surface), a closer look at the source of the revenue shows otherwise. It turns out that most of the increase in Google’s smartphone revenue is from the iOS platform. Deidu suggests that revenue per device from the Android platform is actually on a slight decline.
For those of you who are wondering where Google is making the money, it should be pointed out that its prime placement as the default search engine on iOS devices (such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) is where the revenue is coming from.
Another important thing that Dediu noted was the poor economics in the profitability behind Android devices. Currently Google makes roughly $1.70 annually per device whereas Apple makes over $576 per iPhone sold. When looking at these numbers alone, it is easy to see why the iOS devices earn more money for Apple than Android devices do for Google.