While Android continued to gain market share in the global smartphone market, it saw a significant drop on another key metric: Profits.
Analyst Chetan Sharma estimates that global profits in the Android hardware market for 2014 were down by half from the prior year – the first year that there has been any significant drop.
Google doesn’t care, because this is exactly what Google wants. Google wants its services to be everywhere, and Android is the means. Smartphones need to be ubiquitous, and thanks to Android, they now pretty much are. Mission accomplished.