Google has another antitrust lawsuit. Politico reports that 36 states and Washington DC have teamed up to sue the company for handling the Play Store. They say Google’s control over the market violates U.S. antitrust law. The bipartisan group of attorneys general behind the lawsuit filed a case in the same federal court in California where Judge James Donato was to hire Epic’s lawsuit against Google Fortnite’s removal from the Play Store last year.
This latest action is the fourth antitrust lawsuit filed against Google after three similar claims in 2020. In December, a group of 38 states and territories led by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has filed antitrust charges against the company for its search work. The technology giant is also a topic a Ministry of Justice investigation.
Wednesday suit time follows the recent Google lowered his Play Store commission is 15 percent on the first million dollars of developers who make money in the market each year. When Google announced the change back in March, claimed it would cut fees by 99 percent for Android developers by 50 percent. Later this year, Google also plans to implement a policy that will require all developers process their payments through the Play Store billing system. The announcement has caused a stir among companies like Netflix and Spotify that have bypassed that request in the past.
Although the Play Store is pre-installed on most Android devices, it’s not the only place you can download software to your phone. Amazon and Samsung run their own app stores. It is also possible to side-load Android apps from sites like APK Mirror, allowing you to completely bypass the Play Store. Both of these facts are not true for iOS devices where the Apple App Store is the only place where you can download software for your iPhone or iPad.
Today’s lawsuit comes just over a week after a federal judge in Washington dismissed the FTC’s antitrust complaint against Facebook, saying the agency had not provided enough evidence to substantiate its claims that the social media giant was a monopoly.
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