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Analysis: Epic’s narrow win in App Store case toughens fight against Google Play rules

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Google app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept 10 (Reuters) – Android app makers suing to stop Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google from siphoning up to 30% of their sales received little reassurance about their chances on Friday as a judge allowed a comparable fee charged by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to stand.

Developers including “Fortnite” maker Epic Games in the last year took aim at the two biggest mobile app stores, run by Apple and Google. The critics view the fee as needlessly high, costing developers collectively billions of dollars a year, and a function of the two big tech companies having monopoly power.

Google’s trial is at least a year away, time both sides could use to hone arguments based on the Apple decision, legal experts said.

In a ruling on Friday following a trial between Epic Games and Apple, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers required Apple…

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