Report: Android a Loss Leader for Google in 2010

The company’s “big loss” for Android several years ago was revealed by a federal judge overseeing a jury trial between Google and Oracle over the use of Java software code to create the Linux-based software platform used in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Thursday read portions of a sealed document containing profit and loss numbers for Android in a San Francisco courtroom. A jury is deliberating the first phase of the trial, which concerns Oracle’s charge that Google violated copyright restrictions when it used Java to build Android.