First, Don Harrison tried to defuse any suggestion that Apple’s and Google’s CEOs were coordinating regularly behind the scenes, painting the meeting as a one-time thing. “We realized we hadn’t met in a number of years... we’d had a difficult relationship for a number of years,” he said,
Then, Google’s lawyer pointed out one phrase that doesn’t appear anywhere in the notes of that meeting: Google Play.
Google’s suggestion is that despite the controversial notion that Google and Apple might “work as if we are one company,” and their codependency on search revenue, all of that shouldn’t be relevant to today’s Google Play antitrust case.
Google also went through some internal documents about “Apple Partnership Strategy” that apparently don’t suggest any partnerships between the companies around Google Play. I wonder if Epic’s lawyers will find one that Google omitted, though.