Google paid technology firm Apple $1bn (€923m) 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 internet — from an ongoing 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 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.
Computer company Oracle is suing Google over claims the firm used Oracle’s Java software to develop Android — Google’s mobile operating system that runs on smartphones and tablets — but did not pay for it.
Both Apple and Google have so far declined to comment.
Deals between software and hardware companies to include services on devices are common, and speculation of an alleged deal between the two technology rivals has existed for many years. Analysts from both Morgan Stanley and Macquarie have suggested the $1bn figure in the past.
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