Monday 5 December 2016

Google paid $1 billion to Apple to keep search bar

Paul Mallon

Published 22/01/2016 | 08:59

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Details from court proceedings in 2014 have revealed that Google stumped up a massive 1 billion dollars to keep their search on iOS

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Google paid Apple $1 billion back in 2014 as part of an unusual arrangement. The fee was paid to ensure that Google Search remained on iOS devices and also included a complicated revenue share agreement which ensured Apple would make even more money from any ads served on the device.

This information comes out of a heated court case between Oracle and Google. Oracle is a technology and software developer with deep ties to the industry, and they claim that their Java software was illegally used by Google when it was developing the Android mobile platform. That operating system has gone on to dominate the market, and earn a lot of money in the process, and Oracle wants to get their cut.

Google has been trying to block the case for some years now but it continues, and the potential damages could now stretch over the billion mark. Details of the case are being released to the public, with Google and Apple joining forces to ensure that the information remains sealed. It seems pretty clear that this is going to go on for some time yet, and we may never know exactly how deep the relationship between Apple and Google is.

One thing is for sure - Google really wanted to keep their own search front and centre, even on rival platforms.

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