Microsoft, Nokia Complain to EU About Google App Bundling in Android
April 9, 2013 12:47 PM
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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
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.
The New York Times
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RE: EU is a double standard whore
4/9/2013 2:31:24 PM
"They club MS for promoting IE in Windows but they do NOT club Google for doing EXACTLY THE SAME thing in Android"
I agree, its the same thing and the EU is using a double standard. Not that Google should be penalized like MS, but that neither should be. Both MS and Google have a product. If you dont like it the way they make it, you are 100% free not to buy it. If you do buy it and dont want to use the embedded apps, there are other available that work fine... So WTF is the EU's problem?
RE: EU is a double standard whore
4/9/2013 6:17:33 PM
They're out of money and as a government entity, they can get "free" money by suing companies for imaginary slights against consumers.
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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