Alphabet Earnings: Google’s Hardware, Services Business See Little Growth (Premium)

Alphabet Earnings: Google's Hardware, Services Business See Little Growth

Google parent Alphabet reported quarterly profit of $9.4 billion on revenues of $31.1 billion, well above estimates. Of particular interest to readers are the results for what the firm calls "Google's other revenues." This includes its cloud services plus the Pixel, Home, Nest, and other hardware devices.

The majority of Google revenues, of course, come from advertising. And my "majority," I don't mean 51 percent, I mean about 86 percent. That's an improvement over previous years when ads presented well over 95 percent of Google's revenues. But it's fair to describe the Google products and services that end users see and use as unsustainable. They simply could not, and would not, exist without the ads.

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