Google has just released its Q2 earnings statements for Larry Page's first quarter as CEO, to positive results, namely that Google set a revenue record at $9.03 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.
Page began the earnings call outlining the "substantially increased velocity" of his product-focused management team which has accomplished "a lot in 3 months" Page said.
Perhaps to reassure shareholders on the viability of these new products and token experiments like self-driving cars, Page mused on the value of innovation, "When we started doing search people thought we were crazy," he said.
Page then essentially separated Google products into three categories:
- Search ads and ad products.
- Products with high consumer success like YouTube, Android, and Chrome.
- New products like Google+ and Google's local and Offers efforts.
"We're only at 1% of what is possible," Page said. After asking rhetorically how these services will be monetized, Page explained that the toggling between the three is a precarious balance between short term and long term, with the eventual goal of creating services that people "use twice a day, like a toothbrush."
"We're careful stewards of shareholder money," he said.
Page also shared some interesting statistics about Google+ -- said the new management structure he implemented is "working together fabulously," and helping complete Google's goal of making "sharing on web like sharing in real life."
Page says that Google+ now has over 10 million users who have created profiles, and these users are sharing and receiving 1 billion items per day. Page explains that in particular, Circles, which allows users select and organize their Google+ contacts into groups, has been a popular feature of Google+ amongst users.
Page shared these stats on Google+ as well.
When a question was asked about the patent issues surrounding Google right now. Specifically, Android is under assault from Oracle as well as Microsoft and Apple.
"Obviously, we've a lot of IP in progress -- not only what has been issued," Page said. "Android is on a tear," Page continued. "Depsite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slow down," Page said. "We're really committed to Android," he continued before qualifying that: "We'll support it in a cost-effective manner."
He reiterated many of the massive numbers he shared earlier in the call -- 550,000 Android activations a day, etc. This is up from the 350,000 activations per day back in Q1, and 160,000 activations per day way back in Q2 of last year. That's huge.
He pointed to the 231 carrier partners and 78 open handset alliance partners that Google has -- so far, they don't appear to be scared of the patent issue.
How successful is Android exactly? Well the operating system is now on 130 million total devices, with six billion app installs from the Android Market, revealed Page.
We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as "crazy." Android: We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day! That's a HUGE number even by Google's standards. Chrome: It's the fastest growing browser. With over 160 million users. People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?
And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation. But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search. And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time. Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term.
I think about our products in three separate categories … First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call. Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success-YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success. Then we have our new products-Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption.
Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been-and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future.