The Android vs iOS battle is age-old, and the rivalry has only intensified in the recent past. Apple was smart enough to remove several Google apps like YouTube and Maps from the iOS home screen.
While the fierce competition is going, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the two companies don’t enjoy the longstanding, mutual benefiting relationship. Take, for instance, the Safari app a default search engine that exists on both, Android and iOS-powered platforms.
What comes across as surprising is that Apple hasn’t really replaced Safari. In fact, they have consciously made a decision not to do so. As pointed by BGR, this is essential because Google pays Apple a lot of money for the same.
The search giant is more than willing to pay Apple an exorbitant fee to keep Google search front and centre on mobile Safari. Analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. states that Google is going to pay Apple a $3 million this year, for the right to remain the default search engine on iOS.