Attention Android Users: Claim Your Share of $700M Settlement from Google Play Store Policies!

Google has reached a $700 million settlement with state attorneys general over allegations of anticompetitive behaviour related to its Google Play Store policies. The attorneys general had claimed that Google forced app developers to use its in-app payment processing system, which took a 15% to 30% cut of payments. This led to higher app prices for consumers.

The settlement, reached in September but only recently made public, includes a $630 million fund to benefit consumers. This fund will compensate consumers with at least $2 each, with the possibility of receiving more based on their spending in the Google Play Store between August 16, 2016, and September 30, 2023. The remaining $70 million will be used to pay penalties, restitution, disgorgement, and fees to the states.

Google also reached a separate agreement with Match Group, which owns dating apps such as Tinder, Match.com, and OkCupid, over Play Store policies.

As part of the settlement, Google has committed to making it easier for Android users to download apps directly from developers, providing more choice and flexibility. Wilson White, Google’s vice president for Government Affairs & Public Policy, emphasized that the settlement maintains strong security protections and preserves Google’s ability to compete.

An attorney for the states noted that this settlement is unprecedented in terms of its magnitude, setting a significant precedent in U.S. antitrust enforcement.

The settlement is still pending approval from a judge. If approved, it will mark a significant step in addressing anticompetitive practices in the tech industry and providing compensation to affected consumers.

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