Tech giant Google managed to generate a whopping amount of $11.2 billion in revenue from its mobile app store in 2019, according to a court filing.
Attorneys general for Utah and 36 other US states or districts suing Google over alleged antitrust violations with the app store also said in the newly unredacted filing that the business in 2019 had $8.5 billion in gross profit and $7 billion in operating income, for an operating margin of over 62%.
This amount includes sales of apps, in-app purchase and app store ads. Google said the data “are being used to mischaracterize our business in a meritless lawsuit.”
In a separate filing, the company said that a trial in late 2022 is possible over whether Google abuses its alleged monopoly in app sales for Android devices.
In its quarterly financial disclosures, Google groups Play app revenue with that of other services and accounts for the store`s ad revenue as part of another broader category.
Attorneys general, along with mobile app developer Epic Games and others separately suing Google, have contended that it generates huge profits through the Play Store by taking 30% of the fee for every digital good sold inside an app. The plaintiffs say Google`s cut is arbitrarily high, siphoning app developers` profits.
Google argues that alternatives exist to Google`s store and payment systems, though critics say those routes are unfeasible and were sometimes blocked.
Plaintiffs allege Google through anticompetitive deals extended benefits to and imposed restrictions on major developers such as “League of Legends” maker Riot Games to keep them from leaving the Play Store. A filing by Epic Games unsealed this month said Google, according to internal documents, feared