Eddy Cue, senior vice president of services at Apple and author of the agreement with Google, will testify in court today. He is expected to advocate for Google’s presence as the default search engine on Apple devices, saying it is the best choice for consumers. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to own source.
Eddie Cue has been subpoenaed to testify at a hearing in the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Google, which the plaintiff alleges is using its dominant position in the search engine market to create obstacles for competitors. Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to make its search engine the default on iPhones and other devices. This deal is of particular interest to American authorities as they want to clarify whether it was concluded to the detriment of the interests of Google’s competitors.
In his statement, the publication’s source said, Mr. Cue should emphasize that Apple gives consumers the opportunity to freely switch the main search engine, although, according to the company, Google is the better choice. And that differs from Apple’s traditional position, which competes with Google in the market for mapping services, voice assistants and operating systems for mobile devices and computers. The manufacturer also has agreements with other search services, including Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo and Ecosia, all of which receive advertising revenue.
The first agreement between Apple and Google was concluded in 2002, when the Google search service appeared as the default search in the Safari browser. New versions of the agreement were adopted in 2005, 2007 and 2016. Eddie Cue is expected to say that a number of changes have been made to the agreement in recent years.