Google owns about 55 percent of the search ad business, but it's still way ahead of its competitors -- despite Baidu's strength in the big China market.
Revenue likely bottomed out in its fiscal fourth quarter but the company could stage a revival based on more robust smartphone sales, according to a JP Morgan analyst.
As small and midsize businesses especially cling to the 13-year-old software, Microsoft and PC makers could suffer as well.
The phone maker says the jump in fourth-quarter revenue underscores the success of its plan to "offer tailored product mixes."
The company's revenue was up 40 percent and its mobile revenue was up a whopping 448 percent. Alibaba's profit, however, dipped 28 percent to $964 million.
The social-networking giant reported continued growth in its daily and monthly active users, fueling advertising revenue.
Cost-control practices enable Nintendo to turn a profit, despite revenue sliding 11.3 percent during last 9 months of 2014.
HTC generated $1.5 billion in sales during the fourth quarter and posted strong profits, an unaudited report says.
Shipments of handsets from the 4-year-old smartphone maker more than tripled last year, according to the company's CEO.
Smartphone shipments for the Chinese company top 75 million units in 2014, pushing revenue to about $11.8 billion, according to Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.