Google may owe money to millions of Android users… Do you think you’re one of them?
MILLIONS of Android users may be eligible for a large reward from Google. A new lawsuit filed by Google, claiming that the company’s Play Store charges exorbitant prices for its services, has been successful.
If you have an Android smartphone in your pocket, you may be entitled to a £50 payment from Google. That’s because the US tech giant is facing a fresh lawsuit alleging that its Play Store fees are high and “illegal.” According to a groundbreaking legal lawsuit taken against Google in a UK court, the company abuses the law on a regular basis and overcharges millions of UK users for apps and other transactions made on its popular app store.
As you’re probably aware, when you initially turn on your Android smartphone, it comes preloaded with the Google Play Store, which allows you to download new applications, eBooks, rent and buy movies, and more.
According to the lawsuit, this directs the bulk of consumers to Google’s platform, suffocating any competition. The team behind the action claims that Google makes a 30% commission on most transactions made through the Play Store, which they call “an unconstitutional and unearned levy imposed on regular people without justification.”
Google’s actions are said to be in violation of section 18 of the UK Competition Act 1998 and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, according to the claim. Liz Coll, a well-known consumer advocate and former consumer policy lead at Citizens Advice, is spearheading this campaign.
For UK customers, damages of roughly £920 million are being sought, which means millions of Android aficionados might receive a payout of around £50. If the compensation is approved, it will be given to everyone who purchased an app or digital content, services, or subscriptions within an app in the UK edition of the Google Play Store on or after October 1, 2015.
“Google has done a tremendous job in opening up access to all the benefits of smartphones for millions of people, including myself in the UK,” consumer advocate Liz Coll stated in response to the new lawsuit against Google. While it professes to be an open system that allows users to choose, in reality, Google has stifled competition and forced users to use its own app store and payment system.
“Google built the Android app store and holds a vice-like grip on it.” Brinkwire Summary News.