Google had paid $1 billion to Apple in 2014 to keep it default search engine on the iOS devices according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google.
The report came from curt documents presented in a Jan. 14 court hearing as part of Oracle’s lawsuit over the losses it suffered as Google did not pay for using Java in Android.
Reported by Bloomberg, The documents show that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Both companies then agreed to share revenue presumably from search ads.
According to the transcript from a January 14th hearing, an Oracle’s lawyer told the court that in 2014 Google paid Apple $1 billion through a revenue-sharing agreement where Apple and Google had an agreement in which “at one point in time the revenue share was 34 percent.”
A Google Representative lawyer Robert Van Nest objected when the Oracle lawyer made the percentage known, stating “That percentage just stated, that should be sealed. We are talking hypotheticals here. That’s not a publicly known number.”
The magistrate judge presiding over the hearing later refused Google’s request to block the sensitive information in the transcript from public review.
Bloomberg reported that it was not clear from the transcripts if the 34% referred to Apple’s take of the ad revenue share or if that is the amount of the ad revenue Google retained for itself.
It’s still not clear whether Google’s filing was successful, but soon after it appeared online, the transcript was apparently removed from electronic court records. It is not the first time reported that Google pays Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS.
Morgan Stanley and Macquarie analysts have quoted the same $1 billion figure in reports released in both 2012 and 2013.