It is known that Apple stopped supporting Google Maps in 2012 in order to promote its native maps app. The company however continued to use Google as its default search engine, because it was getting paid to do it by Google. Even though Google still remains as the default search engine, Apple allows iPhone users to change their default search engine in Safari Browser.
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Therefore, the amount of payment was decided like this. Google had to pay Apple a certain percentage of its profits earned from the searches on iPhones. And in 2014, the percentage of payment was valued at $1 Billion.
We know that Google mines emails to find keywords to generate the corresponding ads for each user and Apple had earlier warned Google for following such practices that violated the user privacy. Now, it is very evident that Apple also earns a share from the revenue generated from the Google ads.
Both Apple and Google tried to keep this information under wraps, but a witness said in court that at once around 34% of the profit was shared, which was followed by the revelation of other facts including the $1 billion payment. This is anyways not the first time that Google is reported to have paid certain amount to Apple. Certain reports reveal that Google has paid a similar amount of up to $1 billion in 2012 and 2013.
At the same time, Google has been facing a war alike situation from Oracle since 2010 for not having paid the latter for using its Java software to develop Android. The case is Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., 10-cv-03561, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
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