In all of tech, there’s no more valuable piece of mobile real estate than the iPhone home screen. Now if we travel back in time just a few years, it’s almost crazy to think that Google for a time enjoyed some primo app placement on iOS with YouTube and Google Maps. The Apple/Google honeymoon, however, didn’t last all that long, and effectively blew up once Google decided to go all-in with Android.
The result? Steve Jobs lost his mind and famously threatened to go thermonuclear. In turn, Apple steadily removing every Google app from its default set of iPhone apps. But there’s one spot on the iPhone where Google still remains; the search bar in mobile Safari.