Google sued by 37 US states over Play Store monopoly

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Danielle Partis

Firm responds, calling case a “meritless lawsuit that ignores Android’s openness”

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37 US state and district attorneys have sued Google over alleged efforts to unlawfully maintain a monopoly on Android devices.

The filing — led by Utah, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee — claims that the tech giant bought off competitors and utilised restrictive contracts to suppress competition across the Android ecosystem.

The suit argues that Google has “taken steps to close the ecosystem” since it acquired Android, and alleges that the company has taken steps to buy off “key app developers”, as well as Samsung,

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