Google ‘paid Apple one billion dollars to keep search bar as default option’
Google paid fellow technology firm Apple one billion US dollars (£700m) in 2014 to keep its search bar as the default option on the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed.
According to court documents – since removed from the web – from an on-going lawsuit against Google by software firm Oracle, a deal was allegedly put in place between the two Silicon Valley firms that also saw Google pay Apple a percentage of their revenue from traffic made on Apple’s mobile devices.
However Bloomberg, who first reported the story, said the court transcript referencing the deal has since “vanished without a trace from electronic court records”.
All web searches that take place on iOS devices, namely the iPhone and iPad, are done so using Google, with Google’s search engine embedded into the mobile devices’ interface.