Microsoft and Apple still in talks for Bing iPhone search option

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May 292010

image1055734249.jpgWhat turned into a pretty frenzied rumor this afternoon ended up being much ado about nothing, but there is something noteworthy. As the story goes, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft was going to completely replace Google with Bing as the search engine of choice for the iPhone once OS 4 launches next month. Enter All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher, who has a pretty strong track record on all things Redmond. According to her sources, what’s being discussed isn’t a full swap — instead, Bing is being considered for an “option” that users can decide between. None of this is what we’d call brand new gossip, and in fact, it sounds exactly like what we heard back in January. So, discussions still seem to be ongoing four months later, which is pretty interesting. For its part, the original TC article has been amended to say the issue is “more complicated” than originally presented. Hey June 7th? You really can’t get here fast enough.
[via engadget]

Google and Microsoft Competing For iPhone Search Deal?

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Feb 162010

We had heard rumors that Apple might replace Google search with Bing or might be building its own search engine, but Sillicon Valley Insider had reported that it was unlikely as Apple is getting over $100 million a year from Google for the iPhone Search deal.

However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped the speculations. MacRumors is reporting that both Google and Microsoft are competing for the iPhone search deal.

They’re quoting two reports by Reuters. Reuters has reported yesterday that Vic Gundotra, who leads Google’s mobile engineering told journalists:

“Apple is a very close and valuable partner and we’re very excited about the relationship we have with them today. We have no reason to believe that’s going to change.

We don’t want to comment on those rumours. We think that relationship is stable.”

Reuters had also described Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s reaction when he was asked about the prospects of a deal to replace Google Search with Bing on the iPhone in another report:

When asked about the reports, Ballmer said “I wouldn’t comment either way,” but smiled, and repeated the phrase when the reporter remarked that Ballmer looked happy.

If Microsoft is serious about getting the iPhone search deal then it might want to make its Bing iPhone app more widely available as it seems to be available only on US App Store, which doesn’t make any sense.

With Google commanding 65.4% of the market share in search, it would clearly be against users preference to change Google Search with Bing on the iPhone.

Do you think Apple should even consider replacing Google with Bing on the iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via MacRumors]

Apple Makes $100 Million/year From Google

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Feb 122010


Having Google as the default search engine on the iPhone is rumored to earn Apple more than $100 million per year in a revenue sharing deal between the two companies, a new report alleges.

Downplaying rumors that Apple could be working on its own search engine, Silicon Alley Insider cited an anonymous source Thursday as stating that the iPhone maker has no intention of getting into the business that Google dominates. That same source claimed that Apple earns more than $100 million a year in a revenue sharing deal with Google.

In addition to being the search provider for Safari on the iPhone, Google also powers the native Maps application included with Apple’s handset. The source claimed that making Google Maps a provider for the initial iPhone in 2007 was a simple two-week process. But when GPS was added to the iPhone 3G, negotiations between the two technology giants allegedly lasted six months.

“Google wanted access to all sorts of data from the maps, but Apple didn’t want to give it up, according to this person,” the report said.

While the $100 million in annual revenue is cited as a reason for Apple to not develop its own search engine, it’s also a fraction of the $15.68 billion the company posted in revenue last quarter alone.

The news follows rumors from weeks ago that Apple and Microsoft were in talks to make its Bing search engine the default provider for the iPhone. Control of the handset’s Maps application was also said to be a part of those ongoing discussions.

In spite of their ongoing partnership, a perception of rivalry between Apple and Google has grown in the public’s eye since Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple’s board of directors last August. Both Google and Apple were the subjects of a Federal Trade Commmission investigation for potential antitrust ties. Schmidt chose to resign because Google’s Android mobile operating system and forthcoming Chrome OS netbook operating system look to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Mac OS X, respectively.

Apple, too, showed signs in 2009 that it intends to tread into Google’s territory soon. Last summer, Apple purchased Google Maps competitor Placebase. Later in the year, it sought to hire a full-time employee to take its iPhone Maps application “to the next level.”

Apple has also entered the mobile advertising business after its purchase of Quattro Wireless, believed to be worth $275 million, in December. Through the acquisition, Apple also named the former CEO of Quattro Wireless, Andy Miller, to a new position: vice president of Mobile Advertising.


Will Apple Replace Google With Bing As Default Search Engine?

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Jan 202010


Businessweek reports that Apple and Microsoft are currently in negotiations to replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone with Microsoft’s The talks have reportedly been underway for weeks.
Businessweek cites the increasing rivalry between Google and Apple as one of the reasons behind the discussions.
“Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy,” says one of the people, who’s familiar with Apple’s thinking. “Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle.”
If the negotiations are successful, it could also mean that Bing could eventually replace Google as the default search engine for Apple’s desktop version of Safari as well.
With Google’s entry into the mobile phone business as well as Apple’s recent acquisition of a mobile ad company, the two businesses have encroached on each other’s territories. Apple has even been said to be working on distancing itself from Google’s Maps data in the iPhone.
Even if Apple and Microsoft do come to an agreement, Businessweek notes that this may just be a time buying move on Apple’s part who is reportedly working on their own “skunk works” search technology.