Google shares closed higher in the US Monday, amid news the tech giant lost a court case brought by Portuguese app store, Aptoide. The court ruled that Google must stop its operating system from removing Aptoide from users’ handsets, without their knowledge.
Google shares ended the US Monday trading session 0.56% higher at $1,111.37. The stock is unchanged in out-of-hours activity.
Google loses Portuguese court case
Google Monday lost a landmark court case, brought against it in a Portuguese court by app store, Aptoide. The European app store business argued that Google should not be able to remove its store from users’ phones, without their knowledge.
Aptoide’s lawyer said that action by Google had caused the loss of 2.2 million Aptoide users, in the space of just 60 days.
The court ruled that Google must stop Google Play Protect from removing Aptoide from users’ devices. The ruling is applicable on 82 countries including the UK, Germany, the US and India.
“For us, this is a decisive victory,” said Aptoide’s CEO, Paulo Trezentos. “Google has been a fierce competitor, abusing his dominant position in Android to eliminate App Store competitors. Innovation is the reason for our 200 million users base. This court's decision is a signal for startups worldwide: if you have the reason on your side don't fear to challenge Google.”
Aptoide also presented a formal complaint against Google, before the EU’s antitrust department, in July this year.
Android OS turns 10
Separately, Google’s Android operating system turned 10 years old Monday. After the very first version of Android, 1.0, was launched, the OS has changed a lot.
The first update of Android, named Cupcake 1.5, began the trend of dessert-related names and today, Android 9 Pie, features a whole lot of tech that simply wasn’t available a decade ago.
“The way we use our phones—and how much time we spend on them—has changed a lot since the days of Cupcake,” said Dianne Hackborn, Distinguished Engineer for Android. “From the early days of Voice Actions with speech-to-text to an increasingly helpful smartphone with AI at its core, Android has continued to evolve over the past 10 years.”