Google’s Paul Gennai seems to be here to demonstrate that Google isn’t just pocketing its Play Store service fee — it’s investing in the Google Play store because it knows it needs to compete with Apple. It’s important when consumers “choose which phone they’re going to buy,” he says.
“Why did Google choose to invest in the Play Developer Console the way you described?” asks Google’s attorney Jonathan Kravis.
“Our business model was aligned with the business model of developers, when they succeed, we succeed,” was the core of his answer.
Now, Google’s showing that Google didn’t just copy Apple App Store features — Google introduced promo codes and pre-registration for apps first, he claims, and quickly followed Apple with apps for kids and a subscription game library. The reason: “We wanted to stay competitive to Apple’s App Store.”
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