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Google pays over $100 million to avoid legal battle with developers

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The fund is intended for developers who earned less than two million US dollars (2.6 million Canadian dollars) per year on the group’s application store, Google Play, between 2016 and 2021, according to what clarified the Alphabet subsidiary on its website Thursday evening.

According to the firm Hagens Berman, which represents the plaintiff, nearly 48,000 application developers are affected.

Google has also agreed to continue to offer a commission on subscriptions made on Google Play 15% on the first million in revenue each year, as he proposed last year, instead of the 30% that is the industry norm.

A Google Play store page displaying several free games

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Simon Rail Laplante

The group will also modify its standard contract to clarify the fact that developers can use user contacts retrieved from Google Play to reach them outside the application store in order to offer them their services, at a lower cost, on another application store or on their own site.

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The Californian company also plans to create a new category highlighting applications from independent publishers.

This agreement allows the parties to move forward and avoid years of uncertain and worrying legal proceedingspoints out Google.

It still needs to be approved by a judge.

Rebellion against the tech giants

A class action lawsuit was filed in 2020, with plaintiffs accusing Google of violating competition laws and penalizing developers by banning them from offering their apps on other online stores.

App makers have waged a rebellion in recent years against tech giants Google and Apple, which they accuse of taking advantage of their dominant position on mobiles with their Android and iOS operating systems to impose rules they consider unfair.

Apple last year agreed to pay US$100 million (about C$129 million) to developers in a deal similar to the one announced by Google.

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