Google paid Samsung $8 billion over four years. This made services like Google Search, the Play Store, and the Google Assistant pre-installed as default options on Samsung’s Android devices.
According to the Bloomberg news agency, the American search giant Samsung also initially wanted to pay $1 billion to have Google Play pre-installed on the home screen of Galaxy devices. Google ultimately did not push through with that plan, allowing Samsung to place its own app store, the Galaxy Store, on the home screens of its Android smartphones.
The American search giant is also said to have set up an internal project through which revenues from the Play Store are distributed among manufacturers of Android smartphones. In return, those manufacturers would then have to pre-install the Play Store on the home screens of their Android devices.
These facts came to light during Epic Games’ lawsuit against Google. Epic Games believes that Google is trying to prevent the rise of third-party Android app stores. Some time ago it was also announced that Google had made a deal with Apple. The US search giant paid Apple $18 billion in 2021 to be the default search engine in the Safari web browser. Apple also receives 36 percent of all Safari search revenue generated through Google Search. It’s unclear how much ad revenue Google generates from searches via the Safari browser, but it’s likely in the tens of billions of dollars.