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Google Is Paying Carriers and Phone Makers to Adopt Android

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Mar 25, 2010, 2:40 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Mar 26, 2010, 12:08 PM

According to two U.S. network operator sources cited by MocoNews, Google has been paying the wireless network operators and handset manufacturers to adopt and deploy the Android platform. The payments are in the form of an ad-share deal that provides the operators and OEMs with a portion of advertising revenue generated by Google search results on those handsets. Google said, "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." Google would not elaborate on how the deals work. "Any terms of our agreements with partners are confidential." In an email to Phone Scoop, Motorola spokesperson Kathy van Buskirk said, "As is our normal policy, we don't comment on details of our vendor or technology provider relationships." T-Mobile spokesperson Erica Gordon said, "T-Mobile does not comment on their business relationships." AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom said, "We don’t comment on business relationships." Phone Scoop has yet to hear back from HTC, Samsung, and Sprint on the issue. By offering network operators and handset makers cash to deploy Android, Google more or less paid for the platform's success and expansion to-date. This has and may continue to change the competitive landscape of the wireless industry. Cash-strapped companies may not be able to strike the same deals with wireless network operators that Google can.

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AT&T laughs, Palm sighs bluecoyote Mar 28, 2010, 9:18 PM
Take that apple SMartinez89 Mar 25, 2010, 2:57 PM
So what you're saying is... trojandrew Mar 26, 2010, 12:32 PM
So What? InnocentEd Mar 25, 2010, 3:43 PM
i know google is not dumb, but come on!! netboy Mar 25, 2010, 5:19 PM
at least zzyo Mar 25, 2010, 2:45 PM
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