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Google to pay Samsung US$3.5 billion to remain the default search engine

Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship, Samsung to get US$3.5 billion from Google to keep it as default search engine
Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship
A few days after we heard that the internet search giant wants to pay US$3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS, we find out that Samsung is going to receive US$3.5 billion to keep Google as the default search engine on its devices.

Google seems to be handing over a lot of cash these days since the time has apparently arrived to renew its licensing deals. Earlier this month we heard that the tech giant would pay about US$3 billion to have Google Search the default search engine in iOS for one more year. Now, the time has come for Samsung to cash in even more for about the same reason.

According to an article published by The Investor yesterday, "The Korean tech giant receives fees depending on Google’s advertisement earnings from the preinstalled app. JoongAng Ilbo, a local news daily, estimated the amount could reach to some 4 trillion won (US$3.5 billion) this year."

Back in 2014, Google paid Apple about US$1 billion for having its search engine as the default one in iOS. On the other hand, Samsung remains the leading smartphone maker worldwide and having the Google search widgets on the home screen of its devices is surely worth a few good billions.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-08-17 (Update: 2017-08-17)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.