The deal, which includes several other provisions aimed at benefiting small app makers, marks another shift in the long-running tussle between large tech platforms with significant power to determine what apps wind up on consumer smartphones and the app developers who supply the software.
App developers have previously objected to the amount of money Apple and Google charge them as a cut of their app revenues. Both companies have maintained that their app stores provide an important service and that the platforms have richly rewarded app developers as a whole.
Under the settlement announced Thursday, Google said it would continue a pricing model established last year that allows US app developers to pay a lower fee, 15%, for the first $1 million in annual revenue collected from the Google Play Store.
Google said it would also clarify a commitment that it will not block app developers from trying to contact app users through email addresses or phone numbers collected through the apps, “including about subscription offers or lower-cost offerings on a rival app store or the developer’s website.”