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Google doesn’t particularly care what operating system you use to view its ads or engage with its sites; it just wants to pull you in. Google pumps money into Android mainly to ensure that companies like Apple and Microsoft can’t push its properties off of smartphones.
Google doesn’t make money off of Android which is open source; they make money when people use Google services,” says Joel Spolsky, CEO of the web startup Stack Overflow and author of a widely cited essay on why tech companies drive down prices of ancillary products. “Android’s purpose is to create competition in smart phones reducing their prices … since smart phones are complements of Google’s web-based services.”