Sep 272010


Apple Extends Deal With Google As Default iOS Search Engine

By John Brownlee (8:45 am, Sep. 27, 2010)

If you’ve been one of the many people who has expected Apple to drop Google as the default search engine in iOS due to the escalating rivalry between the iPhone and Android handsets, think again. According to Business Insider, Apple and Google have just agreed to extend the deal that makes Google search reign supreme on iOS devices.

The news comes from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who revealed the extension in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.

“Apple is a company we both partner and compete with. We do a search deal with them, recently extended, and we’re doing all sorts of things in maps and things like that,” said Schmidt.

That’s bad news for Bing, which was heavily rumored to replace Google as the default search option in iOS, but really, did it ever seem likely that Apple was going to be monogamous with Microsoft of all companies, especially for something as important as search? Apple’s going to stick with the best until they can figure out how to one-up it themselves, and right now, that means staying in bed with Google.

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