The investigation on Google's business practices now involves another vital source - Apple.
According to anonymous sources with inside knowledge of the situation, the US Federal Trade Commission sent a subpoena to Apple. The agency aims to find out information about how the giant search engine is incorporated into Apple products. The relations between two supposed rivals Apple and Google could cast a light on Google's way of conducting business.
Apple uses Google services intensely, as the giant search engine is the default option for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, since the lines of products have been introduced to the market. In addition, Apple offers Google Maps as a favoured service (which seems to have changed in the new iPad). Consequently, Google earned in 2011 $1.3 billion from search related revenue, solely from Apple devices. In exchange, Google paid Apple $1 billion to be the default search engine for iOS users.
Microsoft and other tech giants in Silicon Valley accused Google of violating antitrust legislation. "As mobile search gets more widespread, the default setting becomes more significant," explained Allen Grunes, an antitrust lawyer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP in Washington. It is worth saying that Grunes does not represent any of the involved parties in this scandal.