It looks like Google’s Android revenue and profit aren’t the only juicy tidbits to be revealed by El Goog’s lawsuit with Oracle.
According to a transcript of the court proceedings in the legal battle between Google and Oracle, Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to keep Google as the default search engine on iOS. It’s also said that Apple gets a percentage of the search revenue that Google receives from searches made by iOS devices. The exact percentage that Apple gets isn’t known, but a Google witness said that at one point, it was 34 percent.
Unsurprisingly, neither Apple nor Google were pleased that the information on their deal got out. Both companies requested that the transcript be sealed and redacted because the information is “extremely confidential.” The transcript disappeared this afternoon, so it appears that the two companies got their wish.
While Android is the most widely used mobile OS, iOS makes up a significant chunk of the smartphone world, and a lot of those folks probably just enter their searches and go. That’s a lot of search traffic for Google, and so it makes sense that they’d like to keep that traffic flowing its way.
What’s your go-to search engine on your smartphone?