Have you ever wondered why Google Search is the default search bar on your iPhone despite Google being Apple s rival? Well, Google paid $1 billion to Apple to keep its search bar on iPhones. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 35,000 in October 2021: Asus VivoBook 15, Avita PURA, moreAlso Read - Good news for iPhone loves! Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone market
The revelation comes through a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle s copyright lawsuit against Google. According to the transcript, Google had paid the amount in 2014. It was also revealed that Google s agreement with Apple allows the iPhone maker to get a cut from revenues Google makes from the iOS devices, claims an attorney for Oracle during a January 14 court proceeding. Also Read - Apple Music could soon release on the PlayStation 5: Report
It may be recalled that rumors about Google paying Apple have been around for quite some time now. But both the companies have been tight lipped on this matter. This is perhaps the first time it has been disclosed publicly, and that too through a lawsuit.
The agreement reveals that Google is making some really desperate efforts to retain its dominance in the search segment, especially on non-Android smartphones. Moreover, Apple is making money out of Google s controversial ad-based revenue model. It may be recalled that Apple CEO Tim Cook had strongly criticized, saying that Apple did not intend to monetize the information users store on their iPhones or iCloud.
It is a bit surprising that Apple agreed to have such deal with Google considering the former has focused on building its own rival services that Google offers. Back in 2012, Apple had removed Google Maps as the default Maps service, compelling Google to launch a standalone Google Maps application for the iOS platform.
Back in 2014, Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer also had reportedly made efforts to convince Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo as the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. Evidently, Mayer didn t succeed in her efforts, perhaps leading to crisis is in Yahoo today.