Google will pay $700 million to customers

Tech giant Google has agreed to pay $700 million to U.S. consumers and states as part of a settlement related to illegal monopoly in the Play Store. The payment includes $630 million for consumers and $70 million for a fund used by states, as confirmed in a federal court in San Francisco. In a blog post, Google confirmed the news.

In September, there was a lawsuit against Google filed by U.S. states and consumers as a class action. The lawsuit claimed that Google held a monopoly on app distribution for Android through its Play Store. Google was accused of unlawfully limiting the distribution of apps on Android devices and charging excessive fees for in-app transactions.

Google stated that this settlement builds on the flexibility and choice offered by Android, maintains strong security measures, and allows Google to compete with other operating system providers. They expressed satisfaction in resolving the case with the states and Clarified their commitment to investing in the Android ecosystem for the benefit of users and developers.

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