Do you know who is to blame that your Android mobile only has an ‘app’ store?

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It seems that Epic has rolled the blanket to the head and has decided to demolish two of the tallest towers that have been built in recent years, in the heat of smartphones and the two dominant operating systems: iOS and Android. If the parents of Fortnite had no problem taking those from Cupertino to court to end what they consider to be an Apple monopoly, now it is the turn of those from Mountain View, to Google. The video game giant has decided to take the Americans to court with practically the same arguments as in the case of Tim Cook, although going a step further since, as you know, Android has the reputation of being an operating system more open than iOS. That is, in theory, we can not only download applications from the Google Play Store, but we also have other alternatives on paper, such as the official web pages or the stores of Amazon, Samsung and many other brands. Now, why doesn’t your smartphone reach your hands with any of these alternatives by default on your LG, Motorola mobile, etc.? They say that Google is to blame On paper, the Mountain View people do not put problems for a smartphone manufacturer to decide to add an extra application stores, in addition to the Play Store. You just have to develop it, or reach an agreement with that company, and offer the app to start downloading anything but, from Epic, they want to show that if this practice is not more widespread it is because Google has a lot to do with it. What the complaint filed by Epic has just revealed is that if we don’t have more than one app store on our smartphone, it is because “Google has been paying some phone manufacturers not to include” those alternatives, so that when the user turns on his terminal for the first time, he finds a single option to download the official Android applications. The method used by Google was none other than creating a program called “Premium Devices” whereby, since 2019, manufacturers that joined it could take a greater portion (from 8 to 12%) of the revenue for searches. In return, only the Play Store would be available within the terminal, eliminating any possibility of competition for other brands that have their own alternatives within Android. The result was that some companies such as LG and Motorola took between 95 and 98% of all their models to this “Premium Devices” program, to get an extra percentage of all the spending that their users carried out within the store. of apps. A percentage that could have increased to 6% compared to the 3% that Google had been paying.