Google is the default search engine on Apple’s Safari and Google pays Apple to stay as the default search engine on Safari and it looks like it will cost Google a lot this year.
According to a recent report, Google could end up paying Apple as much as $3 billion this year to remain as the default search engine on Safari.
Back in 2014 it was revealed that Google was paying Apple around $1 billion a year to be the default search engine on Safari.
The increase is apparently down to two things, one is that more people are using the mobile phones that before and the second is that Apple has continued to manage to increase its iPhones sales.
Whilst Google’s Android OS may be the more popular platform in terms of overall users, Apple is still one of the top smartphone makers and this is why they can demand so much money from Google to be the default search on the iPhone and iPad.