04 May, 2008

Android: Profitable

First of all, sorry about the long delay between posts, things have happened, and other things haven't happened.
On November 5th, 2007, Google announced their phone operating system Android to the general public as the first truly open phone operating system. Developers would be able to get the sdk for free (as I am doing as I type), and would be encouraged by a prize of 10 million dollars to develop the best apps. Android was built on linux, and was created as part of the open handset alliance, which promotes these same ideals: completely open cellphone service, os, and hardware.
The question everyone has been asking is simple: how is Android profitable? Would it be like the rest of google, in that unobtrusive text ads would be placed at specific locations? The problem with that is, even the largest of smartphone screens (iphone) are simply not big enough for this to be practical. So how? I have figured it out. Here it is.

Google will make money on their phone operating system with ads, of course. But they will not be text ads. They will be voice ads, and they will be played ever time you dial. All that free empty space when the other person's phone is ringing will be filled up with ads, and google will be making money.


Johnathan said...

yuck! I don't want to be listening to ads while my phone using Android is rining or other people calling me. I'd rather have my callers listening AT&T Answer Tones which is that music you sometimes get when you call your friends who have AT&T. It was an improvement over that standard ringing that has gotten so annoying... Check it out at

Does anyone know if you download Anroid or buy it installed on a phone plus who will be providing the service or is that what the voice ads are for? And won't you still have to buy the phone probably direct from Google maybe a cell phone company like Motorola (after all their listed as a contributor to Android?

Lots of questions and not enough answers yet!

Griffin Smith said...

Currently Android only works on HTC phones, but it will work on further phones. Android, as I said in the post, is open (meaning not only the software, but the code is free). The phone and the service will not be, though.
You can download it onto an existing phone and buy phones with it already installed, both work