Orders of magnitude
Here’s a little something to think about.
John Gruber posted something today noting that iTunes brought Apple $1.4 billion in revenue last quarter, noting how “it’s insignificant in the grand scheme of Apple’s income”. Indeed, Apple brought in $13.3 billion in revenue on the iPhone alone last quarter.
Which brings us to Google. Estimates are that Google could make up to $2 billion in revenue on Android… for all of next year.
Google’s development costs are probably lower because they only have to develop the operating system and not the hardware and their marketing costs are probably lower but, still, they’re just not pulling in anything near what Apple is.
Your takeaway from this should be, of course, that Google is winning and Apple is losing.