Dozens of US states filed a lawsuit against Google, on Wednesday, accusing it of abusing its power with Android phone users who want to download apps.
Operations, targeting Play Store, an online store to get apps and other digital content on Android phones, come at a time Leading IT companies are facing increasing criticism and lawsuits.
“We are bringing this lawsuit to end Google’s illegal monopoly, ultimately giving a voice to millions of consumers and business owners,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said.
“This company has driven hundreds of millions of consumers to search on Google, and Google alone, to access the millions of apps they might want to download to their mobile phones and tablets.”
Operation, supported by 37, the attorney general, accuses Google of using anti-competitive tactics to prevent the distribution of apps through channels other than the Play Store, whose payment system charges transaction fees.
“Both Android and Google Play offer an openness and choice that other platforms do not,” said Wilson White, Google’s director of public policy.
At the same time, a decision is expected in the lawsuit brought by Epic Games against Apple for abusing the dominant position in its online store, the App Store.
The App Store is the only place for apps and other content for iPhone and other iOS devices.
On the contrary, people using Android mobile devices can get the apps through means other than the Play Store.