The lawsuit it lost against Epic Games over its Play Store monopoly has forced Google to pay a multimillion-dollar fine that is likely to be extended to other territories.
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Google has reached an agreement with the attorneys general of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Puerto Rico to address an antitrust lawsuit related to its policies on the Play Store. It’s worth noting that Google also lost another lawsuit against Epic Games, and along with this, it has compelled Mountain View to reach an agreement, including a substantial payment of $700 million.
According to Google’s official statement on its blog, $630 million of that amount will go “to a settlement fund that will be distributed for the benefit of consumers, according to a plan approved by the Court.” The remaining $70 million will be directed to another fund designated for the use of the states involved in the case.
Google will have to make significant changes to its store
In addition to the financial compensation, Google has also committed to implementing significant changes to its Play Store policies. One of these changes directly impacts the sideloading of applications on Android devices. The company announced plans to simplify the sideloading process for applications, providing information to Android users about potential risks when downloading apps directly from the web for the first time.
Another highlight of the agreement involves Google allowing developers and app publishers for Android to create an “alternative billing option alongside the Google Play billing system for their U.S. users.” Additionally, developers will be allowed to display various pricing options within the app when a user makes a digital purchase.
This agreement is based on Android’s choice and flexibility, maintains strong security protections, and preserves Google’s ability to compete with other operating system manufacturers and invest in the Android ecosystem for users and developers. We are pleased to resolve our case with the states and move forward with an agreement.
In its statements, Google emphasized that this agreement supports Android’s choice and flexibility, preserving strong security protections and ensuring the company’s ability to compete with other operating system manufacturers and invest in the Android ecosystem for users and developers. The company expressed satisfaction with resolving the case with the states and moving forward with an agreement.
It’s worth noting that these proposed changes and financial compensation are still pending court approval before officially taking effect. As for the ongoing litigation against Epic, there is currently no additional information available.
Note: This content has been translated with an artificial intelligence tool, so the translation may be slightly inaccurate. The original version written by our editor is the Spanish version.