It seems like the Google search bar on iPhones comes at a price — and a massive one at that. Unearthed through a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google, Apple Inc. had reportedly received a staggering $1 billion from the search engine giant to keep its search bar in iOS devices, for the year 2014 (via Bloomberg).
The rumor mill had always been active as to this abnormal — for want of a better word — relationship between two companies that are typically at odds with each other. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Google’s AdWords and Apple’s iAd…..the list of things keeping these two corporations at each others throat is pretty long.
While both the companies have always declined to comment on the toipic, speculation was that some form of payment was probably behind this truce. Well, the Oracle Vs. Google case saw the beans spilled and an attorney for the former said that Google actually has an standing agreement with Apple that gives the latter a percentage of whatever revenue Google generates through iOS devices.
Considering that both Google and Apple have obviously gone to great lengths to keep this information confidential over the years, I seriously doubt that this revelation made either Google or Apple particularly happy.
However, things didn’t stop here. Twisting the knife, Annette Hurst, the Oracle attorney, went on to say that a Google witness questioned during pretrial information had disclosed that “at one point in time the revenue share was 34 percent.”
Unsurprisingly, Robert Van Nest, a Google attorney attempted to get the figures removed.
That percentage just stated, that should be sealed, We are talking hypotheticals here. That’s not a publicly known number.
The request of keeping certain data from the case out of the public purview was overruled by judge presiding over the case. Google while petitioning the judge said that such disclosure could adversely affect its ability to reach similar deals with other companies.
However, the data did disappear from the electronic court records a while later, although we are still in dark about weather it was in response to Google, or to Apple — which also made a filing on the topic.
Meanwhile, the damage has already been done and the well-kept secret is now out. All that remains for Google is to look at the positive side of things and be thankful that at least the Oracle lawyer was vague on whether the company kept or paid out 34 percent of its total income to Apple.