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Report: Google pays Apple $100M/year for iPhone search

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Google pays Apple more than $100 million annually for its position as the default Internet search engine on the iPhone, according to a new report. Citing a source familiar with Apple’s operations, Silicon Alley Insider reports that Apple receives more than $100 million a year from Google as part of a revenue sharing deal, but that recent deals between the two companies have become increasingly contentious. According to the source, the original deal between the two companies for Google Maps on the iPhone was reached in just two weeks, while a similar deal for the iPhone 3G, negotiated just a year later, was a six-month negotiation “full of acrimony” as Google wanted access to data generated by Maps users, which Apple did not want to give up. A report from last month indicated that Apple was in talks with Microsoft over the possibility of the latter’s Bing service replacing Google as the default search engine on the iPhone.

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1

I seem to recall Google being unwilling to give up search results to the Feds, guess you can’t have it both ways.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on February 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM (PDT)

2

I just want that free google turn-by-turn on my iPhone.

Please?

Come on Steve/Apple. Just make nicey-nice and let’s move past all this poop.

Posted by ort on February 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM (PDT)

3

“Google wanted access to data generated by Maps users”

It doesn’t surprise me. Remember the flak that Google caught when the Terms/Conditions/EULA of their Chrome browser was first released? Could Apple actually have the customers’ best interests in mind?

Posted by Paul on February 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM (PDT)

4

As much as I love my iPhone, if Apple switched to Bing as the default search engine, and Bing Maps as the default mapping app, and did not provide/allow me to switch to Google, I will absolutely sell my iPhone the same day an buy a Nexus One. I love Apple hardware, but not enough to give up Google apps and services.

Posted by Teve Torbes on February 11, 2010 at 8:22 PM (PDT)

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