What this means for Google is that its mobile search and ad business is getting a welcome bump. Searches on Android grew tenfold by the end of 2010 over the year prior. These mobile phones are becoming powerful mCommerce vehicles too, and that's what Google appears most excited about.
"When people complete transactions on devices, it becomes more trackable and significantly more valuable," Jonathan Rosenberg, senior VP of product management, said on the call.
In a recent essay in the Harvard Business Review, new Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt reiterated that mobile is the future for Google. He specifically called out three things the company is focusing on: developing the "underlying fast networks," aka Long Term Evolution (LTE), for new and creative apps; attending to the development of mobile money; and increasing the availability of inexpensive smart phones in the poorest parts of the world. (See Cheap Smartphones Are Smart Choice in 2011 .)
In fact, the carrier's CMO Cole Brodman was even willing to take the blame, telling PCMag that the delay was due to quality-control and timing issues, specifically with Samsung's custom skin and the addition of T-Mobile's own apps. This is another byproduct of an open and fragmented market, but Brodman promised that updates on T-Mobile would be timelier going forward -- within three to five months of Google making the source code available.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile