Google is reportedly weighing the possibility of charging subscription fees for its controversial AI-powered online search features.

A subscription plan would mark the first time in Googles history that it has charged for use of its search engine. Google risk additional scrutiny from regulators, including the Justice Department, which is in the midst of a landmark antitrust lawsuit targeting the Big Tech firms alleged monopoly over the online search market.

The unspecified AI search features could be added to Googles existing premium subscription services, which already offer the companys Gemini AI assistant within its Gmail and Docs products, the Financial Times reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Google executives reportedly have yet to decide whether to implement the concept, which is nevertheless said to be in active development.

The companys regular search engine would still be free to use.

Both the premium and free search products would show ads.

Google said it doesnt have anything to announce right now regarding its plans.

For years, weve been reinventing Search to help people access information in the way thats most natural to them, Google said in a statement. With our generative AI experiments in Search, weve already served billions of queries, and were seeing positive Search query growth in all of our major markets. Were continuing to rapidly improve the product to serve new user needs.

The companys stock fell about 1.5% in early trading Thursday.

The internal deliberations are the latest sign of Googles scramble to integrate AI into its products. The company has been testing its so-called Search Generative Experience since last year.

As The Post has reported, lawmakers fear the addition of AI-powered search could further entrench Googles monopoly over the online search market unless regulators intervene.

A federal judge is expected to hear final arguments in the DOJs antitrust suit against Google next month, with a verdict on whether the company has maintained an illegal monopoly projected later this year.

DOJ lawyers focused on Googles use of billions of dollars in payments to Apple and other partners to ensure its search engine is enabled by default on most smartphones.

Googles search empire remains its primary source of revenue, with online ad sales hitting a massive $175 billion last year alone.

Scrutiny over Googles AI ambitions has intensified since February, when the company unveiled a highly-touted update for its Gemini chatbot only for it to begin spitting out historically inaccurate AI-generated pictures such as Black Vikings and Native American Founding Fathers.

Google later disabled the image generation tool and apologized.

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Despite the high-profile hiccups, a report last month said Apple is in talks to use Google Gemini to power some AI features on its iPhones.

One well-connected tech policy insider described the negotiations as brazen to say the least.

Google is awaiting a verdict as we speak on similar issues relating to search defaults, and Apple itself is reportedly facing an imminent antitrust complaint from DOJ, the insider told The Post.