Google to pay $90 million to settle US lawsuit

Google has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a US lawsuit in which the company

accused of monopoly on distributionAndroid apps and charging "exorbitant fees," according to Gizmochina. The lawsuit was filed by law firm Hagens Berman, which will create a fund to compensate developers. US developers with less than $2 million in annual revenue between August 17, 2016 and December 31, 2021 (approximately 99% of developers on Google Play) are eligible for compensation. The exact compensation will vary on a case-by-case basis, with the minimum amount being $250 and those most affected can receive over $200,000.

In addition, the company will reduce the commission to 10-15%for some applications, including those that distribute e-books, music, and video streaming. Such restrictions will last until at least May 25, 2025. Google will also introduce an "Indie App Corner" on the homepage of the Play Store, featuring apps from indie developers and startups. In addition, the Developer Distribution Agreement will be updated to make it clear that developers are allowed to contact users directly, and not just through the app (e.g. via email). Google has also agreed to publish annual transparency reports that will detail why apps have been removed and why developer accounts have been removed.