Rivals' patent-related attacks on Android are not paying off, Google's chief executive Larry Page has claimed, as the company reported big rises in revenue and profit.
Google boss Larry Page has said rivals' patent-related attacks on Android will not pay off, as he announced the company's third-quarter results.Photo credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News
On Thursday, Page said Android is "going gangbusters" and
Google does not "see anything that's going to stop that". Companies suing Android manufacturers over use of the mobile operating
system will only hurt themselves by doing so, he added.
"While there's been lots of people trying to attack that and so on,
we see absolutely no signs that that's effective, and ultimately, we
think that other companies' actions there will alienate their
customers and their relationships with the other companies," Page
said in an earnings
Page's comments come as Apple's
global patent and design-related legal campaign against Samsung is yielding dividends. As a result of the iPhone maker's court actions, Samsung is banned from selling its Android-based
Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia
Although those bans are only temporary injunctions and the full legal cases have yet to be resolved, the time it takes to argue a case and the
fast-paced nature of the tablet market mean the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is
most likely scuppered in those countries.
While there's been lots of people trying to attack [Android] and so on, we see absolutely no signs that that's effective.– Larry Page, Google
Microsoft has also been successful in extracting licensing fees
over their use of Android, which Microsoft says infringes on its
Page said he suspects Android manufacturers are "making good
deals for themselves" in their licensing agreements with Microsoft,
although he conceded that he — like most people — has not
seen the details of those agreements.
Google third-quarter results
The Google chief was filling in the background for the company's third-quarter results, which showed a 33-percent year-on-year increase in revenue and a 26-percent boost in
profits. The markets responded by taking Google's share
price up 7.7 percent on Thursday's Nasdaq trading.
The web giant took in $9.72bn (£6.16bn) for the quarter ending 30 September, up from $7.29bn in the same period in 2010. $1.05bn of
that revenue came from the UK alone. Quarterly profits were $2.73bn,
up from $2.17bn the year before.
More than a quarter of Google's quarterly revenue — $2.5bn
— came from its mobile business. While Google gives
Android away to manufacturers, the rapid
growth of Android's share of the smartphone OS market is a major
factor in driving users to Google's lucrative mobile search and
According to Google's chief financial officer, Patrick Pichette,
many advertisers have greatly increased the size and frequency of
their mobile campaigns, as mobile is becoming a "must-have".
Page noted a
"mind-boggling" 190 million Android devices have now been
activated around the world.
"Generally, I found that high-usage products will make a lot of
money over time for well-managed technology companies, and that's why
it's so important to run these businesses for the long term," Page
However, he refused to break down the $2.5bn of quarterly mobile
revenue into income from mobile search and display advertising.
"I now want to announce that we passed the 40 million user mark on
Google+. People are flocking into Google+ at an incredible rate, and
we're just getting started," he said, while stressing that it is "still incredibly early days" for the network.
The company ultimately wants to use Google+
to transform the entire "Google experience" into something "magical,
because we understand what you want and can deliver it instantly", he added.
"This means baking identity and sharing into all of our products, so
that we build a real relationship with our users. Sharing on the web
will be like sharing in real life across all your stuff. You'll have
better, more relevant search results and ads," Page said.
The Google co-founder also noted that Chrome, the company's web
browser, now has over 200 million users and is still growing fast.
Indeed, Chrome now has a 16.2
percent share of the global browser market, according to figures
released this month by Net Applications.
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