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Google to Pay Apple $9 Billion To Stay as its Default Search Engine

While the free iCloud storage tier still remains at just 5GB, more users are now willing to pay the monthly fee to get access to more storage

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Google is reportedly paying Apple a whopping $9 billion in 2018 to remain the default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser on iOS, the media reported.

According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall (via Business Insider), this number would only continue to grow, potentially leading to a payment of $12 billion in 2019, 9to5Mac reported late on Saturday.

While Apple uses Google as the default search engine in Safari on iOS, the company also uses Bing in various other places such as searching the web via Siri.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Apple has been touting that services will be a huge area of growth for the company, as sales of its hardware start to peak.

Apple Music has seen steady growth since its inception back in 2015.

Also Read- Elon Musk Steps Down As Chairman Of Tesla

While the free iCloud storage tier still remains at just 5GB, more users are now willing to pay the monthly fee to get access to more storage. (IANS)

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Apple Gets A Second Patent For Its Fold-able Phone

Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November.

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Apple granted second patent for its foldable smartphone. Flickr Commons

 A second patent has been granted to Apple regarding the additions the company intends to incorporate in its originally planned foldable device.

The second patent is focused on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing, Patently Apple, an Apple-centric blog focused on the company’s latest Intellectual Property (IP) developments, reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the description of the second patent claim reads: “An electronic device, comprising a ‘flexible hinge’ coupled between the first and second housing portions wherein the flexible portion of the housing comprises fabric.”

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A demonstration of the newly released Apple products is seen following the product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S. Sept. 12, 2018. (VOA)

The iPhone-maker received its first patent to develop a foldable smartphone from the US Patent and Trademark office in November 2016 that described a display that could be opened and closed like a book, media had reported.

As smartphones continue to introduce larger and larger phablet sizes, there will come a point where introducing a foldable smartphone will make sense, especially with mobile TV on 5G networks on the way, the report added.

Earlier in September, South Korea-based electronics major Samsung released a teaser of a phone with bendable and foldable display technology that would offer the functionality of a tablet complete with multi-tasking and a big screen.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

Samsung’s much awaited foldable device could debut in November at Samsung’s Developer Conference.

Also Read: Samsung All Set To Bring Galaxy Tab S4

Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November. (IANS)

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