Okay, now we’re getting into it — apparently Google Play’s P&L explicitly doesn’t include Google’s costs of developing Android, and Epic’s pushing Cramer to explain why. He basically says it’s because Play is part of Google’s broader Android ecosystem, not its own business — despite having its own P&L.
“If Play Store was an independent company you would incur other costs that are not reflected on the Play P&L today and don’t need to because Play is not a standalone company,” he says.
But “Android development costs don’t just benefit Google Play, right?” asks a lawyer.
“I don’t want to speculate...” Cramer begins, “I think it’s fair to say the Android investments, are, yeah, connected to broader ecosystem.”
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