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How the Apple-Epic court ruling could affect Google — analysts


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Wall Street analysts on Monday began to provide early reactions into how a recent ruling in Epic’s lawsuit against Apple might impact Google.

On Sept. 10, a judge ruled Apple can’t prohibit developers from giving consumers links to pay for in-app purchases outside of the App Store, bypassing Apple’s 30% fee. While the judge didn’t find Apple monopolistic, the company’s shares declined 3% on the news and Google dipped as much as 2%.

Epic sued Google in 2020 for similar allegations. That case has not yet gone to trial and it’s unclear when it will. Google is in a slightly different position than Apple, though. Android allows third-party app stores while Apple’s iOS does not, but the Google Play Store, like Apple’s App Store, doesn’t currently let developers link out to other payment methods.

Google doesn’t break out its Play Store revenue. However, a recently unsealed court…

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