You'd think that with Android holding a near-50% grip on the global smartphone market Google would be over the moon with how things are going.
But according to Google CEO Larry Page that isn't the case, as despite there now being a quarter of a billion Android devices out in the wild, Google isn't really making any money from them.
Because Android is open source, device manufacturers are free to use the platform as they wish, without having to pay Google a penny for the privilege.
And while Google is clearly aiming for a similar model to its search engine – where money is made by selling advertising on top of a free basic service – Page says there's still a long way to go before Android finds the right balance.
“We are in the early stages of monetization for a number of our new products, and Android is one of those,” Page revealed in announcing Google's latest quarterly earnings figures. Not that Google's struggling for cash or anything, with revenues for the three months to December coming in at over $10bn.
But tellingly, Google isn't revealing how much of that came from Android, which suggests it probably isn't a lot, especially in the light of Page's comments.