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Google sees revenue rise 35 per cent following Motorola transition

Google has reported its first earnings since its acquisition of Motorola Mobility was finalised, though Larry Page's ongoing voice problems prevented the CEO from joining the search giant's call.

Google reported revenue of $12.21 billion (£7.7 billion), up 35 per cent from the same time period last year. GAAP net income was $2.79 billion (£1.7 billion), up from $2.51 billion (£1.6 billion) last year.

On the Motorola front, revenue for the company was $1.25 billion (£796 million). The purchase added 20,293 employees to Google's business for a total Google headcount of 54,604 - up from 33,077 in the last quarter.

Google execs said it was too early to comment on what changes might be in the works for Motorola; it's a big company and the acquisition has only been in effect for a few weeks.

The company talked up the "phenomenal growth" of mobile, which it said it "critical to the future."

"Mobile is right now where [Google] search was in 1999," Google said.

Much of that is up to Google's mobile chief, Andy Rubin, who works with handset manufacturers to make sure the hardware and software "delivers the best experience," execs said today.

When asked about Google+, Susan Wojcicki, Google's senior vice president of advertising, said overall, Google has been "very pleased" with the social network, which now has 250 million users.

"I do think that it's important to remember that Google+ just celebrated its one-year anniversary," she said, before talking up the ability to share across Google and speculating that Google+ will become a "better experience" as more features roll out.

Earlier today, Google said that it's experimenting with a new feature that lets users share websites with friends on Google+ and replaces the +1 button.

Google execs didn't have an update regarding Larry Page, but stressed that he is still at work and continues to be involved in strategic decisions.