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Fairsearch Europe said it's a "deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps"

Just as Google was on the verge of escaping one investigation with European regulators, it may be caught in yet another -- but this time, regarding its Android operating system. 

Fairsearch Europe -- a group of Google competitors including Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle -- have filed a complaint against Google for the way it builds the Android operating system to benefit Google apps in most smartphones. 

According to the complaint, Fairsearch Europe is accusing Google of using its mobile OS "as a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today."

In other words, if a phone maker uses Android and other Google apps like YouTube, they must agree to position those Google apps on the forefront and other special locations on the phone's desktop. 



At this point, the European Commission must decide whether to pursue the complaint or not. It's unclear if the commission will do so or not yet, but the European Union's antitrust chief Joaquín Almunia said regulators have been monitoring the Android operating system on the side while formally investigating Google's search practices. 

The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's search behavior in November 2010. The investigation aims to find out whether Google has taken advantage of its search dominance by displaying links to its own services or not, despite competitors having more relevant offerings. 

The European Commission is also looking at whether Google is complying with European antitrust law regarding advertising practices. 

In May 2012, the European Commission said that Google should submit changes in how its search results are wired. In February of this year, Google promised to do just that in order to avoid any further wrath from the EU. 

The European Commission is receiving proposals from Google this week.

In January of this year, Google managed to escape a two-year U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation with no fines. The investigation looked into Google's possible abuse of search dominance as well by using results to its own advantage. Shortly after, the EU said it didn't plan to go easy on Google the way the U.S. did. 

Source: The New York Times



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RE: More relevant offerings?
By Pirks on 4/9/2013 2:22:43 PM , Rating: 2
That was true a few years ago but not today with Bing around. I tried to lay a route on Android Google map on my Galaxy Note and it drew me craptastic route through three long highways while Bing on my HTC Titan showed me much better and shorter route through just one highway. I'm tired of crappy Google software quality, Android freezes and lags, crappy slow browser, stupid maps with wrong routes, I'm going WP8 on Samsung ATIV S whenever I can, just gimme my $$$ bonus at work and I'll get one. The only thing that was kind of holding me a bit was the lack of games but since Modern Combat 4 is released on WP8 tomorrow - bye bye crappy Android junk, your time has passed. It's iOS vs WP now, quality wise. With WP8 refresh getting 1080p screen support these holidays and new 5" hardware coming out Android will lose its last advantage over WP - big quality screens. Even now ATIV S has screen that was the flagship screen on Android just until very recently, and still considered flagship by many. Don't see any sense in buying Android anymore. It was pretty good when it was in version 4.0 and there was no competition like WP8 around but now things are changing fast.


RE: More relevant offerings?
By FITCamaro on 4/9/2013 6:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Did a Dell India call center rep take over Pirks' account?


RE: More relevant offerings?
By Pirks on 4/9/2013 8:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be so dumb FATCamaro :))) hehehe


RE: More relevant offerings?
By sprockkets on 4/9/2013 11:09:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm tired of crappy Google software quality, Android freezes and lags, crappy slow browser, stupid maps with wrong routes,


Ummm, did it do that simply to have you avoid traffic?

You keep bringing up the stupid lag argument yet no one else experiences your issues with the Galaxy Note or SG3.


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