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Playing fair: Google paying carriers, manufacturers to carry Android? [UPDATE: Only on search]

by Derek Kessler Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:14 pm EDT

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UPDATE: Google has issued a statement about this, and it turns out that it was kind of true.

“We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications. The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine.”

There you have it. Nothing to see here. Move along.


While we won’t fault anybody for choosing an Android phone over the other offerings (though with webOS soon on America’s three largest networks, you need not feel forced into it), we do wish there were a level playing field on the corporate side of things. We’ve seen revenue sharing from the carrier to the phone maker (hello, original iPhone), but it’s not often we see it in the opposite direction. But that’s what we’re seeing from Google, at least that’s what MocoNews is reporting.

According to their anonymous sources at two different carriers, Google has an agreement with those carriers and the device manufacturers that if they support certain Google functions (e.g. Gmail, maps, etc) with built-in advertising, Google will share those revenues with the carriers and manufacturers.

Obviously, nobody’s going to issue a comment in the affirmative of this, they rightfully refuse to discuss confidential agreements. It’s also no secret that we’re generally fans of Google’s services, but their implementation on webOS sometimes leaves something to be desired.

So here’s the question: is Google playing fair? We have no idea how much Google is paying to companies for their cooperation, nor how much those payments have influenced carrier or manufacturer decisions to support Android. What we do know is that Palm can't be happy competing with somebody that is actively paying carriers and manufacturers to support their products and services. Or maybe that's just one of the benefits of having pockets so deep they might as well be bottomless.

[via: Android Central, Phone Scoop]