Internet company: CEO Sundar Pichai returns to court for the second time to defend Google: Highlights of testimony

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Google CEO Sundar PichaiEarlier this week he was summoned to federal court for the second time in two weeks to testify in an antitrust trial. In his latest court appearance in San Francisco, Pichai spent more than two hours defending the business practices of the company’s app store, Google Play Store. Pichai’s latest testimony came 15 days after a trip to Washington, D.C., to take the stand in a separate antitrust lawsuit revolving around Justice Department allegations that Google abused the power of its dominant search engine to stifle competition and innovation. Has been stopped. Although the two trials delve deeply into different parts, they touch on at least two common issues: Google’s immense power and its unusual relationship with Apple.
what is the matter about
Creator of the popular video game Fortnite, epic games, trying to convince the jury that the Google Play payment processing system is illegally harming consumers and software developers. Google collects 15% to 30% commission from in-app purchases. Epic claimed that Google uses its market power to thwart competing Android app stores. The game developer claimed this drives up prices and discourages innovation. This is similar to a previous case that Epic brought against Apple.
Pichai was largely calm, but sometimes looked frustrated
Pichai appeared frustrated at times with the questions, but largely maintained a calm demeanor.
At times, Pichai, known to be soft-spoken, appeared frustrated and frustrated by the confrontational questions he faced. At other times he appeared as a professor explaining complex topics to the test’s 10-person audience. Pichai mostly remained standing on the podium because it is said that he was having difficulty sitting for long periods.
Why is Apple both Google’s enemy and ally in this matter?
The trial has portrayed Apple as both Google’s adversary and ally. A key part of Google’s defense against charges that its Play Store is driving an illegal monopoly on Android apps relies on the claim that the company faces major competition from Apple’s iPhone, iOS, and App Store .
Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s case against Google in Washington largely focuses on deals the company negotiated with Apple to ensure that Google’s search engine would automatically appear on iPhones and Apple’s Safari. Fields queries entered on the browser.
After recent testimony from an expert witness in a Washington antitrust trial revealed that Google shared 36% of its ad revenue from Safari search queries with Apple in 2021, Pichai faced this figure under often combative questioning by Epic lawyer Lauren Moskowitz. Was forced to confirm.
When things got “tense” between Epic’s lawyer and Pichai
Things became so tense that, before taking a brief recess, U.S. District Judge James Donato described the conversation between Epic’s lawyers and Pichai as “a wonderful 75-minute experience.” Before testimony began, Donato had granted Moskowitz’s request to disclose the exact amount of money Google paid Apple in 2021, over the objections of both Google and Apple lawyers, but he never provided that specific information. Found.
Instead, Moskowitz asked Pichai to acknowledge that Apple received a larger share of the $26.3 billion that Google paid for all of its 2021 deals that used its technology as an automated handler of queries on smartphones and Web browsers. The search engine was locked. Analysts have estimated Apple’s annual revenue from Google to be between $15 billion and $20 billion.
Moskowitz also pointed out that Apple’s 36% cut of Google’s search advertising revenue in the Safari browser was more than double the 16% rate paid to Samsung, the largest seller of Android smartphones. That point appears to have been intended to portray Apple as one of Google’s largest trading partners rather than a major competitor.
Pichai never wavered from his stance that Google and Android compete “fiercely” with Apple
Although Pichai was sometimes caught off guard by the Epic lawyer’s aggressive questioning, he never wavered from his stance that Google and Android compete “fiercely” with Apple and the iPhone. He asserted that competition has given consumers more choices and driven down prices.
“We enable more affordable smartphones,” Pichai said of Android, which Google gives to Samsung and other smartphone makers for free in exchange for putting the company’s search engine and other services like its Play Store on devices. “It’s very different from what Apple does,” Pichai said.
He also reported that 97% of software developers with apps in Google Play do not pay any fees because they either do not sell digital goods or do not generate enough revenue to reach the threshold that triggers a commission. “The way we’ve designed Google Play, we only do well when developers do well,” Pichai said.
(with agency input)

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