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article imageCalifornia residents sue Google over bad Android apps

By Abigail Prendergast     Mar 17, 2012 in Technology
Two Los Angeles, California residents are taking search engine Google to court over defective apps for its Android brand of smartphones. The men claimed they could not get their money back due to an ultra limited 15 minute return policy.
Two men in Los Angeles, who purchased apps for their Android smartphones, are now suing Google's app store over its "unfair" 15 minute return time.
According to, L.A. resident Dodd Harris claims he purchased the Learn Chinese Mandarin Pro application which cost $4.83. The other man, Stephen Sabatino, says he bought a bit-torrent app known as aBTC for $4.99.
Shortly after discovering that the apps were faulty, the two men attempted to obtain a refund for the programs, only to find out that they missed the narrow 15 minute window that is given to return apps for a refund. Not only are they suing Google for their own benefit, but they are going after them on behalf of every person in California who paid money for Android apps that fail to work. Google nets 30 percent of Android app sales.
PC Magazine reports that Google took advantage of Android users by telling them the apps in the Google Play Store "were in working order, were compatible with all Android phones, and functioned as represented."
The aforementioned statement was featured in the class-action lawsuit, and Google indeed reduce its return policy time frame from 48 hours to 15 minutes back in December 2010.
Google, unlike Apple, is not particularly exclusive as to who they allow to produce apps for them, In fact, anybody capable of creating one is permitted to make applications for Android smartphones.
In his lifetime, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs vowed to "destroy" the Android as detailed in an article from last October.
According to the piece, Jobs felt Google ripped Apple off with the Android referring to it as "a stolen product," and even willing to go to such extreme lengths as "thermonuclear war."
“If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it," Jobs apparently said to Google's Eric Schmidt during a meeting in 2010. "I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want."
Details like these and more can be found in the written biography, Steve Jobs by author Walter Issacson.
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