Samsung is selling millions of smartphone units every year, all of them running Android OS, one of the big earning sources for search engine Google. In return, Google is paying a huge amount to Samsung.
According to Bloomberg, the Epic Games trial revealed that Google agreed to pay $8 billion over four years to Samsung to make its search engine, voice assistant, and Play Store the default on Android-powered Galaxy devices.
In the San Francisco trial, James Kolotouros, VP for Partnerships at Google, testified Monday under questioning by an Epic Games lawyer that Google devised plans to share app store revenue with Android vendors to ensure their products were preinstalled with Google Play on the home screen.
A lawyer for Epic presented the agreement with Samsung as an example of the deals Google made starting four years ago with Android smartphone manufacturers. Kolotouros’ testimony revealed that Samsung devices account for half or more of Google Play revenue.