“On mobile, that shelf is controlled by Apple, as well as companies like AT&T, Verizon, Samsung and LG. On desktop computers, that shelf space is overwhelmingly controlled by Microsoft,” argued Kent Walker, SVP of Global Affairs at Google.
So Google negotiates agreements with many of those companies for eye-level shelf space.
“Our agreements with Apple and other device makers and carriers are no different from the agreements that many other companies have traditionally used to distribute software,” Walker said.
“Other search engines, including Microsoft’s Bing, compete with us for these agreements. And our agreements have passed repeated antitrust reviews,” he added.
Apple earns over $7 billion a year from Google for it to be the default search engine for iOS and Siri.