Despite the fact that Google doesn’t charge partners and carriers to use its Android operating system, the OS is apparently still profitable.
That was the word from the Vice President of Mobile at Google, Andy Rubin, who was speaking at the D: Dive into Mobile event in San Francisco.
According to a transcript of the interview put together by Ina Fried at All Things Digital, Rubin was asked: “Are you profitable? Is Android profitable? Does Android make any money?”
He replied: “We’re making money on the advertising that’s generated through Android.”
When questioned further on whether Android could indeed make it if the OS was a separate business on its own, Rubin replied that it would now, but it wouldn’t have been profitable as a start-up.
Rubin also showed off the latest Google smartphone, the Nexus S. The handset, built by Samsung, comes with a 4 inch contour display (shaped to better fit the face when talking), a 5 megapixel camera, a second front-facing camera, and a 1.2GHz processor.
It will run the next imminent version of Android, Gingerbread, and will be on sale December 20th for £550 sim-free at Carphone Warehouse.