The prosecution rested its case against Google earlier this week after calling witnesses, eliciting testimony, and presenting evidence in an attempt to prove that the Alphabet subsidiary violated antitrust laws. Next up, it will be Google’s opportunity to show the court that it has not committed any acts that would label it a monopolist. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to testify, along with other top executives, in front of Judge Amit Mehta.
Per Bloomberg, one of the most important aspects of the case involves the huge annual payments that Google makes to phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung to secure Google’s role as the default search engine on the iPhone and Galaxy devices. The Justice Department claims that by making these payments, Samsung is preventing the public from reaping the benefits of possible innovation in search engine technology.
The DOJ claims that Google’s payments to Apple and Samsung prevent device users from choosing other search engines
Screenshot of the Google Search app on iPhone
Besides accusing Google of paying phone manufacturers to prevent search engine innovations from reaching the public, the DOJ says that Google’s actions have led internet advertising prices to rise through its control over the online auctions used to set these costs. The government claims that Google does this by manipulating how ad buyers and online publishers meet on the advertising platforms.
Changing the default search engine on iOS is quick and easy to do
Jennifer Rie, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst tracking the trial, said that the prosecution did a “solid job.” She went on to add, “One of the toughest hurdles for Google, once it starts its case-in-chief, is reconciling why it pays so much.”
Changing the default search engine on iPhone is a breeze
Changing the search engine on one’s phone is not a complex process, which is an argument Google has made and might make again over the next five weeks as it puts on its defense. Google has blamed Microsoft’s inability to get a larger share of the mobile search market with Bing as “a direct result of Microsoft’s missteps in Internet search.”
To change the default search engine on iOS, go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine. That gives users five search engine options to choose from including Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia. Google is the search option that is selected out of the box, but it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to make the change on an iPhone. And that is the point that Google is making which is that the public is more familiar with Google’s search engine and trusts it more than rivals or else users would be taking two minutes out of their day to switch.