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Google's vow to keep Android open source may hurt its bottom line

Dec 14, 2011, 22:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Antoine Gara)

"Google's Android smartphone operating system is a tremendous success, so much so that the company gives it away and still makes money. Google open sources its operating system freely to handset makers like Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola Mobility in a push to drive Android adoption that will bolster revenue in adjacent search businesses.

"In the U.S., Google's Android market share has more than doubled as of the third quarter to 57 per cent, according to data firm IDC. Meanwhile, Research In Motion's Blackberry has given up share and rollouts like HP's WebOS came to the market dead-on-arrival. Even Apple's iOS has lost share since 2010. "

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