Given that Google and Apple pretty much have the market cornered when it comes to the mobile scene, it’s not surprising that developers usually have no choice but to accept the terms and conditions laid out by them if they want to sell their apps in their app stores. However over in France, it seems that they’ve had enough.
The country’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that the government plans to sue both Google and Apple over what he calls “abusive” contracts that are imposed on developers through their app stores. He cites examples of how Apple and Google can unilaterally impose price changes and changes to contracts on developers, a move which he claims is unfair.
According to Reuters, Le Maire was quoted as saying, “I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices. As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do.”
This isn’t the first time that developers have expressed their unhappiness over the dominance of Apple and Google. Some companies have even taken it upon themselves to suggest to customers that subscriptions should be made outside of the app stores to circumvent the cut that Apple or Google would usually take.