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Samsung and Apple were paid billions to promote Google

by on31 October 2023

Monopoly game continues 

Samsung and Apple were paid a small fortune to promote Google's search engine on their devices, a US court was told.

For those who came in late, Google has been taken to court in a civil antitrust suit filed by the US Department of Justice. The DoJ clames that Google “monopolised search and search advertising” with its various antics.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared in court and testified that Google made a deal with Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers to make Google the default web-browsing solution on their devices to make it “very, very seamless and easy for users to use our services.”

The Justice Department revealed that Google paid around $26.3 billion to manufacturers in 2021 for them to agree to make Google the default solution.

It's unclear exactly how much money Samsung got from Google to promote the service on its Galaxy devices, but Apple was paid $18 billion to agree to this deal. Other manufacturers, including Samsung, were paid around $8.3 billion combined.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been one of the biggest critics of the agreement Google struck with Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers.

Satya Nadella appeared in court as a witness earlier this month, saying that “Competition is virtually impossible due to Google's dominance.”

Google's Sundar Pichai responded to Microsoft CEO's critiques, saying that “Microsoft's Internet Explorer provides updates once every 1-2 years. For a long time, Chrome released a new version every six weeks. Chrome's search dominance is the result of innovation and early investment.”

Sundar Pichai also said Google paid Samsung, Apple, and other phone manufacturers “to ensure that Google operates properly on their devices.

In the US where big corporates get away with murder, it is widely predicted that Google will win the case. However, if it does not then the company might have to split up in accordance with laws in the USA, which state that if a company is found guilty of violating anti-trust laws, it can be divided into several companies with restricted ownership.


Last modified on 31 October 2023
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