The revelation is a rare glimpse into Android’s financials, which Google has long guarded along with the details of other divisions, such as YouTube. Oracle did not reveal how it calculated those figures.
If the numbers are accurate, that would mean Android has generated less revenue over its lifetime than the iPhone did in the quarter ended Sep. 30, the most recently reported quarter. Then, Apple said the iPhone generated $32.2 billion in sales.
Of course, this is an Apples-to-oranges comparison since Apple makes money off the sale of its hardware. Alphabet, meanwhile, makes money off its app store and Google advertisements shown on Android phones. (Apple’s $32.2 billion in iPhone revenue does not include sales from its app store, which is lumped into the “services” bucket in its earnings.)
Google has not confirmed the veracity of the figures and was not immediately available for comment. But the search company implored the judge to redact and seal part of the case’s public transcript, noting the information was “extremely sensitive” and that “public disclosure could have significant negative effects on Google’s business.”