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How does Android make money?

If Android licenses are free how does Android make money?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Sep. 6, 2011 at 17:05

Yep... open source and/or free doesn't mean there's no money in it. Opera and Mozilla can charge millions just for making your search engine the default search. If you think Ubuntu's top dogs don't earn tons of money, think again. Also, though Android is Open Source, it is actually not FREEware. Big difference.
But yes, your info and privacy are the currency of the times we live in. That is, until Amazon come and kick Google butt, cause while Google knows what you'll feed your cat for breakfast, Amazon own the 200 million plus credit cards of which one possibly paid for the Whiskas.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2011 at 12:50

Adverts, remember, deep down, the big G are just an Ad Revenue company.

MDrX  Sep. 6, 2011 at 16:35

And don't forget that you need a Google Account. Google adores your personal info. With that they can push Gmail, +, Reader, Books, Shopping, Checkout, Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Documents, and probably some other stuff.

With all of the information gathered they'll be able to better target their ads, straight into your soul.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 16:39

True that, along with the cut they take from developers of paid apps.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 17:05

Yep... open source and/or free doesn't mean there's no money in it. Opera and Mozilla can charge millions just for making your search engine the default search. If you think Ubuntu's top dogs don't earn tons of money, think again. Also, though Android is Open Source, it is actually not FREEware. Big difference.
But yes, your info and privacy are the currency of the times we live in. That is, until Amazon come and kick Google butt, cause while Google knows what you'll feed your cat for breakfast, Amazon own the 200 million plus credit cards of which one possibly paid for the Whiskas.

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