“This lawsuit is not about helping the little guy or protecting consumers,” Google insists.
Washington DC and 36 states have filed lawsuits against Google for alleged antitrust practices.
As reported by Politico (thanks, TheGamer), the lawsuit – which was filed on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in California and led by Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah – is being appealed – megacorps control of the Android app store .
The filing takes precedence over Google̵
In response to the submission, Google said it was a “merit-free lawsuit” and found it “strange” that a group of public prosecutors in general “chose to file a lawsuit that attacked a system that provides more transparency and choice than others”.
“This complaint mimics a similar merit lawsuit from major app developer Epic Games, which has taken advantage of Android’s openness by distributing the Fortnite app outside of Google Play,” the company’s senior director of public policy, Wilson White, said in a statement.
“We understand that control is appropriate, and we are committed to communicating with regulators. But Android and Google Play provide transparency and choices that other platforms simply do not.
“This lawsuit is not about helping the little guy or protecting consumers. It’s about increasing a handful of large app developers who want the benefits of Google Play without paying for it. Doing so risks increasing costs for small developers, and prevents their ability to innovate and compete, and to make apps in the Android ecosystem less secure for consumers. “