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Alphabet reports more than $75 billion in Q4 revenue, record Pixel sales

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What you need to know

  • Alphabet announced its fourth-quarter financial earnings on Tuesday.
  • The company made more than $75 billion in Q4 and nearly doubled its yearly revenue.
  • CEO Sundar Pichai notes that the Pixel had record quarterly sales.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, announced its fourth-quarter financial earnings on Tuesday, raking in more than $75 billion in revenue. Much of that was from Google's Search business and ads, but the Pixel 6 managed to make a dent.

Unsurprisingly, Search was the biggest contributor, bringing in more than $43 billion, with YouTube ads managing over $8.6 billion in revenue. This comes shortly after the company announced a staggering five trillion views of its ever-growing YouTube Shorts. The company has been pumping money into the medium through initiatives like the Shorts Creator Fund, which helps creators make money off their content through compelling Shorts.

Google is also winding down YouTube Originals content as it turns its focus towards helping creators.

As for Google Cloud, Alphabet has continued to pump money into the business at a loss, although it has seen some upside though the year as losses narrowed. Revenue also grew this quarter for the division when compared to Q3 2021 earnings. However, in the fourth quarter, the division operated at a higher loss of $890 million compared to last quarter, which is still an improvement over the same quarter last year.

CEO Sundar Pichai notes in the press release that the company's latest Pixel phones manage to defy the odds with a record-breaking quarter, despite the phones being relatively hard to come by in the early days as a result of the chip shortage:

"Our deep investment in AI technologies continues to drive extraordinary and helpful experiences for people and businesses, across our most important products. Q4 saw ongoing strong growth in our advertising business, which helped millions of businesses thrive and find new customers, a quarterly sales record for our Pixel phones despite supply constraints, and our Cloud business continuing to grow strongly.

Record Pixel sales are also notable given the bevy of issues the latest Pixel flagships have fun into, but it shows that the drastic redesign and Google's aggressive marketing have been enough to entice users to look past the problems.

Derrek Lee
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10 Comments
  • Any info on how many active Android users? Earlier last year it was about 3 billion.
  • They make one phone... Samsung makes about 25 separate designs.
  • Their job is not to compete with their partners, but to show the way in various areas like design, features, UI, simplicity, stability, fragmentation reduction to mention few. They are to continue collaboration efforts with them, not necessarily make more phones and or sell more than their partners.
    When their partners succeed, Google Android succeed.
  • Real fact: Google controls the fake news spam. The controversial questions Android sites should be asking are, how common is it for Google to use spam bots to drive a fake positive narrative about their devices while actively undermining its "own" ecosystem? Does Google actually care about Android? They do after all have a contract with Apple to get the same surveillance data on their phones.
  • Oh sigh! You can look up the numbers for yourself! Earnings reports are public info. They cannot be manipulated by the Google verse! The simple fact is, Google made a great phone and they significantly undercut nearby competitors in pricing! There should be nothing a Google pixel can do that an iPhone can't when that comparable iPhone can be up to 300.00 more than a pixel. Cameras are a wash! What about Siri vs Google? What about voice to text? What about spam calls! What about the immersive Google pixel 6 pro screen?
  • What about low grade components? What about buggy software implementations on almost everything? What about a decade long track record of not sustaining its own ecosystem? What about spending more time on spreading lies about "allies" than fixing all of this? What about thinking that a massive income from controlling internet search and news has anything to do with phone sales?
  • Sammy fan=fragile ego! ALWAYS!
  • And each one outsells the pixel. Google fan boys whine more than anyone
  • I bought a Pixel 6 Pro and never had any of the "bevy" of issues the press reported. As new phones go, it is more impressive to start with than most of my past experiences. At least one of the new features is useful to me. I always liked my Pixel phones very much. The new ones are a good buy and deserve to sell well.
  • Love all the positive, ahem, faux Google marketing. This will only make my 6 Pro more ' valuable' in the secondary market when I get ready to sell it. OTOH, who am I kidding?