Google pays Apple ‘billions’ a year for not creating its own search engine, lawsuit says

Villains aren’t born in a day and often work together to support each other. In unrelated news, suspicions of a secret deal between Apple and Google appear to have found some validation based on a new lawsuit.

It appears that, Google pays Apple to keep iPhone maker away from search engines. To Google’s credit, who wouldn’t love a monopoly? Details of the deal have been revealed in a new class action lawsuit in the United States which claims the deal is illegal and violates US anti-trust laws..

The deal also secures Google’s presence within the Apple ecosystem.. For example, Apple’s Safari browser also uses the default Google search engine as opposed to something made by Apple – something a company the scale of Apple could build very easily.

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While it’s unclear how much Google pays Apple, a 2020 New York Times report claimed the amount could be between $8 billion and $12 billion each year.

The California lawsuit alleges that Google even shares a portion of its search engine profits (mostly generated by advertisements) with Apple in exchange for default search engine treatment on Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. ‘iPad.

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The most troubling aspect of this agreement is the claim that the two companies are actively working together to suppress any potential competitors in the search engine industry through acquisitions and secretive measures.

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The lawsuit wants Google and Apple split into smaller entities to avoid the current duopoly nightmare that critics say stifles not only competition but also innovation and positions Big Tech as the only way for all services to come. .

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If you didn’t know, you can change the default search engine on Apple devices in settings and choose from Microsoft Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, etc.

You can use many other search engines like Startpage, searX, Qwant, MetaGer, etc. who take an active interest in protecting the interests and privacy of its users.

Read also : Apple iPhone apps follow you as much as Android apps, Oxford study finds

What do you think – has Big Tech’s monopoly gotten out of control? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. For more in the world of Technology and Sciencekeep reading

The references

Briggs, Z. (2022, January 6). Apple and Google have secret deal, says US lawsuit; Meta Appeal of CMA’s decision to sell GIPHY. ExchangeWire.Com.