Google Nexus 5: a ‘very strong’ performer in Q4

Google Nexus 5: a ‘very strong’ performer in Q4Recently we’ve looked at 4Q13 revenue for Apple and Samsung, alongside smartphone market share for space year 2013AD. Now we turn our attention to ruler of all things, Google.

Flying in the face of rumours that the Nexus brand might be dropped after 2014, Google CFO Patrick Pichette says the Nexus 5 was a “very strong” performer in the holiday quarter.

Needless to say, Pichette failed to specify exact Google Nexus 5 sales figures, but purred: “Nexus 5 was very strong for us, and the Chromecast was a best seller all quarter.”

Google Chromecast being the $35 HDMI adapter thingy that plugs into your TV, pulling content from the cloud via your home Wi-Fi. Still no sign of it in the UK, oddly, though it might well pop up in 2014.

As for the Google Chromebook, it wasn’t discussed in any great detail, since it’s largely sold outwith Google Play.

The Google Nexus 5 is seen as one of the best value-for-money handsets on the market at present, selling for £299 with top-of-the-range specs. However, the very, very occasionally accurate Eldar Murtazin says the Nexus brand will be dropped in 2015 in favour of Google Play Edition devices.

Google CEO Larry Page adds: "We ended 2013 with another great quarter of momentum and growth. Google's standalone revenue was up 22 [percent] year on year, at $15.7bn.

"We made great progress across a wide range of product improvements and business goals. I'm also very excited about improving people's lives even more with continued hard work on our user experiences."

Motorola losses pulled Google down a bit, but of course the US manufacturer is being offloaded to China's Lenovo.

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TJ Skywasher  Feb. 1, 2014 at 13:52

Maybe it was a strong performer in terms of sales, maybe even grabbed some of that precious market share they like to brag about. But how much money did they make from sales of the Nexus 5? Nothing at a guess, I still don't understand the whole sell it for nothing and try and make the money back later on strategy. It'd be interesting to see how much money they actually made back from people using these devices. Amazon always sell at a loss so need to sell a ton of stuff per user in order to start turning a profit. I guess these companies are big enough to keep doing it and fill the holes somewhere else, for now at least.

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