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Explained: Google’s Secret Deals To Convince Major Apps To Use Play Store

The lawsuit filed by Epic Games in 2020 claimed Google was trying to establish a monopoly by disallowing third-party payment services on the Play Store.

Google has been fighting a lawsuit filed by Epic Games in the US against its Play Store policy on Android. The case was filed in 2020 and latest developments have revealed new details about lucrative deals offered by Google to lure some major apps to use the Play billing system. Over a disagreement over in-ap purchases, Epic had claimed that Google has established an “unlawful monopoly” in the market by disallowing services from third-party play stores or payment systems. Whereas, Google maintained that doing so would “damage Android’s ability to offer a secure user experience and compete with Apple’s iOS”.

Which are these companies that Google struck a deal with and why does it matter? How will the case impact ongoing antitrust investigations against Google in other countries like India? In this video, MediaNama journalist Sarvesh Mathi answers these and other questions about the case and offers a comprehensive explanation of the ongoing issues concerning Google Play Store.

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