Prepared by AlphaBeta for Google
Smart devices have changed the way millions of South Korean users interact, do business, and stay connected to the world. More than US$111 billion (₩126 trillion), equivalent to over 27% of global smartphone sales, were made by South Korean Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. While hardware improvements have been significant, much of the success of smart devices can be traced to the advancements in software, which is ultimately the way users interact with their devices. Open source software, such as the Android operating system, has played a key role in this software development and created significant positive economic ‘spillovers’ in terms of enabling greater smart device adoption and innovation. However, quantifying the benefits of open source software can be difficult given that it is provided to manufacturers and software developers free of charge. To fully understand the economic impact of open source software, one needs to look further than just traditional economic measures such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This report aims to inform the discussion how to measure the contribution of open source software by estimating the economic impact the Android operating system has on South Korea’s economy.
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This report has received significant coverage in the media, including:
- How much Economic Impact has Google’s Android OS had in Korea?, Korea Herald, 22 August 2017
- The effect of Android open ecosystem on the Korean economy, Platum Korea, 22 August 2017
- Study finds that Android system to contribute billions of dollars annually to Korean economy, The Hankyoreh, 23 August 2017
- Android users value system at 4.5 trillion won, Korea JoongAng Daily, 23 August 2017
- [보고서] 안드로이드 개방형 생태계가 한국경제에 미치는 효과, ICT Portal Media, 23 August 2017