Have Google been attempting to lure in carrier support by offering a slice of their in-app advertising revenue? According to the company's spokesperson, despite rumors to the contrary last week, network operators only ever see a portion of ad revenue on search results, not from Google-branded apps like Gmail. In fact, the deal is just the same whether the handset runs Android or another OS.
"We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications. The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine" Google spokesperson
Competitive advertising revenue deals had been used as some as explanation for Android's rapid proliferation, with numerous handsets being announced over the past six months. However Google maintains that they only share search-based revenue; that is, revenue from users who click on Google-powered ads in browser results.
[via Android Community]