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Google faces new anti-trust lawsuit over app store

2021-07-08 18:25 by


Google used anticompetitive practices in an attempt to "preemptively quash" Samsung's Galaxy Store, and prevent it from becoming a viable competitor to its own Play Store. That's according to an antitrust lawsuit filed by a coalition of three dozen state attorney general, which accuses Google of illegally attempting to control app distribution on Android. The suit also alleges Google paid off app developers to stop them circumventing its store.

The suit comes as regulators and developers around the globe question the way Google and Apple wield their power over the marketplace for mobile applications.

Google says the lawsuit is "meritless."

"It's strange that a group of state attorneys general chose to file a lawsuit attacking a system that provides more openness and choice than others," Wilson White, Google's senior director of public policy, wrote in a blog post.

Yet those Google claims about Android's openness are part of what drew the attention of the attorneys general.

"Google promised repeatedly that Android would be the basis for an 'open' ecosystem in which industry participants could freely compete," they wrote in the complaint. "Google has not kept its word. Instead, Google has taken steps to close the ecosystem from competition and insert itself as the middleman between app developers and consumers."

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