Chart source: Google results.
"Our Q3 results show the strength of Google's business, particularly in mobile search. With six products now having more than 1 billion users globally, we're excited about the opportunities ahead of Google, and across Alphabet," Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google, said in the company's results announcement.
The company said it saw aggregate paid clicks grow 23 percent year-over-year — analysts had only expected 18.6 percent growth, according to StreetAccount. Aggregate cost-per-click, meanwhile, fell 11 percent year-over-year while Wall Street had estimated an 8 percent decrease.
Celebrating the growth of his unit's businesses, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that those technologies are "just beginning to scratch the surface."
He offered a vision for the future wherein Google remains a "place of incredible creativity and innovation that uses our unique technical expertise to tackle big problems and create that future."
One such future plan includes Google's cloud strategy, which Pichai said is a "growing area where we see great opportunity." He said the company is seeing "tremendous" momentum in new customer adoption for that business.
But even in the present, Google is already topping expectations.
"We turned in a strong performance in the third quarter, not withstanding continue meaningful currency headwinds," Porat said during the company's earnings call. "The key highlight this quarter was the substantial growth of our mobile search revenue, complimented by ongoing strong contributions from YouTube and our programmatic business."
In fact, search traffic on mobile phones has already surpassed desktop traffic worldwide, Pichai said.
When asked about ad-blockers affecting Google's advertising revenues, Pichai said that those programs are "not a new phenomenon" but users are largely "okay with the contract" of seeing ads — as long as the experience works well.
Those currency "headwinds" from a strong U.S. dollar, she said, amounted to a $1.6 billion negative impact on revenues — $1.3 billion after the benefit of the company's hedging program. In fact, on a constant-currency basis, total revenue for the quarter grew 21 percent year-over-year (instead of the 13 percent reported).