Google Chrome New Update: Allegations suggest that Google paid smartphone manufacturers billions of dollars to use its search engine as the default on all major smartphones.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, testified in an American court on Monday regarding the search engine monopoly case. It’s claimed that Microsoft wasn’t bringing improvements to its web browser, Internet Explorer, while Google introduced interesting changes in Chrome that people liked, establishing Google’s monopoly. The U.S. government and 38 states are fighting against Google in this high-stakes antitrust case. Allegations state that Google paid smartphone manufacturers billions of dollars to make their search engine the default on all major smartphones.
Taking an oath in court, Pichai criticized Microsoft and its Internet Explorer. He claimed, “By 2008, the internet browser market had stagnated. Microsoft wasn’t motivated to improve its browser. At the same time, Chrome was launched, making dramatic improvements.” Notably, Google launched the Chrome browser in 2008, whereas Explorer has been permanently shut down since June 2022. According to Pichai, Google has ensured that users can easily switch to other browsers if they don’t want to use Chrome. Previously, Google stated that Pichai is their ‘star witness.’ After an 8-week hearing, the case is now reaching its final phase.
The CEO’s Story Unfolds Pichai began his testimony with his personal journey. He described how he lived in Chennai, then moved to the United States, worked for Google, and became the CEO in 2015. He claimed that initial investments and innovation in Chrome brought several benefits to users. Many websites gained popularity because of this. People found it easy to use Chrome to search for things on the internet. This led to a monopoly, but the company didn’t engage in any illegal activities.
If the government proves that Google illegally monopolized internet search and used unlawful means to gain a monopoly in digital advertising, the companies that received money for making their search engine the default on smartphones will need to make significant business changes. It’s also possible that the company earning the most from search engines and ads might not remain dominant for long.