This is the second time in as many months that Google has been accused of breaking the iPhone app’s rules and is still facing legal action.
Earlier this week, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit alleging that Google’s Google Play store violated the terms of service and patent licenses with its Android app.
According to the complaint, the company did not disclose a feature called ‘Google Search’ that Google had promised to add in its Android application.
Instead, the app allows users to search through Google’s search results using a search bar in addition to the standard results.
“The defendants’ failure to make such disclosures and/or to ensure that users could obtain the features requested by the plaintiff would constitute violations of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the patent licenses, and the Google Search APIs,” the DOJ complaint said.
“Google’s failure to provide the requisite disclosure and/o the APIs would violate the terms, conditions, and licenses of this agreement.”
Google said that it was aware of the complaint and was looking into the matter.
“As a result, we’ve removed the app from Google Play and are continuing to work with the Department of the Treasury to resolve this matter.
We hope to resolve these issues with the courts,” a spokesperson said.
Google has already made changes to the app, and a spokesperson told The Verge that the company has since re-added the feature.
The new version also includes a few other improvements including a notification when a search is performed and a new button that allows users not to search on Google directly.
The app is available in the US and Canada, but Google said that users in other countries should download it from the App Store.
It also has a European release in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and Ireland.