Google paid Apple $1bn to keep its search tool on the iPhone, according to legal documents.
A report on Bloomberg claimed that it was revealed during a court session in the ongoing Oracle v Google trial that Google paid the huge sum to Apple in 2014 to ensure that the search tool remained the default option on iOS devices.
The money is paid as a proportion of the revenues that Google makes from searches made on the iOS platform.
The deal underlines how important the iOS platform is to Google’s search success, especially as mobile devices become more popular with web users.
iOS is clearly important to Google, but a transcript of the court case also revealed that Android has proved hugely profitable for the company, generating $22bn in profit from $31bn revenues.
“Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here,” said Oracle attorney Annette Hurst, according to Bloomberg.
It should be noted that it is in Oracle’s interests to make this figure as high as possible, as it is seeking damages from Google over the use of Java technology in Android.
Google filed a complaint with the court that the information was made public, claiming that it is highly sensitive and could affect its business.
“Google does not publicly allocate revenues or profits to Android separate and apart from Google’s general business,” the firm said.
“That non-public financial data is highly sensitive, and public disclosure could have significant negative effects on Google’s business.”
The disclosures are just the latest twist in the long-running case between Oracle and Google. Oracle accuses Google of using 37 APIs in Java in the Android platform without a licence in a case that goes back to 2011.
Oracle extended the scope of its lawsuit against Google in August over the use of Java APIs in Android to include almost all versions of the platform, covering Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.
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