We all saw what happened when Apple tried to introduce a second class mapping native app to their iOS platform. Do you think Apple is in good negotiating position with Google over their default search engine in iOS? That depends on how much Tim thinks of Bing.
According to a report from Morgan Stanley, Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS.
via Google Could Pay Apple $1 Billion Next Year To Remain Default Search Engine On iOS, Report Says | TechCrunch.
This is a helpful article from last month. Why would you be interested in estimating Google organic search visits? Because of the new way that iOS (iPhones and iPads) implements Google search, which strips our referrer data. The result is that Google organic doesn’t get credit for the actual amount of traffic it yields
A typical site that generates 25% of its traffic from mobile is already seeing its recorded Google organic search visits running about 12% lower than the actual volume. If iOS 6 adoption were 90%, that figure would increase to 16%.
via Estimating Google Organic Search Visits Hidden by iOS 6 | RKG Blog.
As if you haven’t Meeker’s latest internet report yet:
Meeker believes that the current problems with mobile monetization are just a temporary issue. She believes that mobile monetization levels in the U.S. could surpass the desktop within 1-3 years. “Mobile monetization,” in her view, “has more going for it than early desktop monetization.”
via Mary Meeker: “Mobile Monetization Has More Going For It Than Early Desktop Monetization Had” | TechCrunch.
Check out the list below and it’s hard to say that the situation would be similar if Apple/iOS’ wasn’t a big part of the mobile ecosystem. How the mobile platform war plays out will have huge implications on mobile monetization trends going forward.