The most important change: Google will want to let builders steer customers away from the Google Play Store for a number of years, if this settlement is authorized.
You may learn the complete 68-page settlement for your self on the backside of this story, however right here’s the TL;DR about what it contains:
Does that sound like loads? Should you add all of it up, it does make for a barely completely different Google app store panorama than we’ve skilled over the previous decade and change. However not solely does each certainly one of these concessions have an expiration date, lots of them are arguably not actual concessions.
Google argued through the Epic v. Google trial that customers have been already completely in a position to set up third-party apps on their units by any variety of means, and it claimed lots of its agreements with builders, OEMs, and carriers didn’t require them to, as an illustration, solely put Google Play on a cellphone or its homescreen.
We confirmed with Google spokesperson Dan Jackson this night that Consumer Alternative Billing contributors are given a reduced price of simply 4 p.c off of Google’s price when customers select their very own fee system, and that it gained’t change on account of the settlement. Not solely did Google internally discover that builders would lose cash when customers select the 4 p.c price, however Google additionally provides corporations like Spotify a free trip whereas apparently charging everybody else.
Maybe most significantly, Google is reserving the suitable not to let builders like Netflix hyperlink to their very own web sites to give their customers a reduced price. “Google is not required to allow developers to include links that take a User outside an app distributed through Google Play to make a purchase,” the settlement settlement reads. We’re nonetheless ready to discover out whether or not Apple will enable hyperlinks and/or buttons to various fee methods, based mostly on the ruling in Epic v. Apple. However the Google / state AGs settlement means that regardless, Google is not going to be required to enable hyperlinks.
In a tweet, Epic Video games CEO Tim Sweeney calls the settlement “an injustice to all Android users and developers,” including that it “endorses Google’s 30% monopoly rent imposition, by replacing the anticompetitive Google Play Billing tie with a new anticompetitive Google-imposed ‘user choice billing’ tie which adds a useless 26% Google Tax for payments they don’t process.” Epic has an official blog post that mainly says the identical.
In accordance to courtroom filings, the states will ask Choose James Donato to approve the settlement on February eighth. That’s the identical decide overseeing Epic v. Google, and each of these events shall be discussing what Epic might have truly gained in that case through the second week of January.
In 2022, Google settled a smaller lawsuit with app builders for $90 million.