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Google doesn't charge its carrier, OEM, and developer partners a dime for its mobile operating system, but apparently the search giant is still making money in the mobile space. During a wide ranging talk at the D: Dive Into Mobile Conference, Google's vice president of Mobile Platforms, Andy Rubin, explained that the advertising on Android-based phones is a revenue stream for the search giant and, in fact, makes the Android enterprise within Google profitable all by itself.
Rubin didn't go into great detail about how Google makes advertising money on the Linux-based platform, but he did explain that even on phones where users do not have the Google search bar pre-installed (some carriers swap Bing for Google), a large number of people still type in Google.com to search on their phones, driving organic search on these Android phones, and returning Google search results which, of course, feature Google-driven contextual ads.