Google Tests Apple’s Two Highest-Ranking CEOs, Here’s Why – Times of India

The US government has accused Google of illegally monopolizing Internet search in an antitrust lawsuit that began this week in Washington District Court. Google has reportedly spent billions on deals with companies like Apple and Samsung to become the default search browser on their devices, driving out competition and achieving a monopoly on internet search.
The trial, which will continue for the next ten weeks, will see two of Apple's top executives, Eddie Ku and John Gianandrea. Cue leads the services division at Apple, while Giannandrea leads the artificial intelligence effort. The Google antitrust lawsuit examines the close relationship between Apple and Google.
Apple's billion-dollar deal with Google will take it to court
For 18 years, Google paid Apple about $19 billion annually to make its search engine the default option on iPhones and other Apple devices. The companies have kept the details of those transactions confidential, but the public parts of the case reveal a shift from a smartphone rivalry to a partnership that analysts call a duopoly.
Apple and Google entered into an agreement in 2003 to offer Google's search engine free of charge on the Mac's Safari browser. They later added revenue sharing, with Apple earning 50 percent of search revenue from Google ads through Safari. The deal lasted for 10 years, and in 2010 the commission was reduced to 40%.
When the deal fell through, Apple and Google renegotiated the terms, and Cue played an important role. They reached an agreement that would provide Google's default search engine on Safari web browsers on Apple devices.
Gianandrea, Apple's current senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy, was previously Google's senior vice president of search engineering. He joined Google in 2010 when the company acquired Metaweb, where he served as Chief Technology Officer.
The majority of smartphones sold in the United States, including iPhones and Androids, have Google Search preinstalled as the default search engine. This has raised concerns about Google's dominance in the market and whether it is preventing competition from gaining access to Apple's vast customer base.
In his opening argument, Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dinzer stressed that Google's contracts to make its search engine the default option on smartphones are contradictory and unfair.
As part of the lawsuit, the Justice Department has asked Cui to testify about negotiations that took place before the Google deal. In addition, it is expected to review its conversations with other alternative search providers. Gianandrea's testimony, on the other hand, is likely to include the development of Google's search capabilities, as well as Apple's competitive efforts.