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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Wish the same could be done in India with MS
4/10/2013 12:20:43 PM
I feel with Android, you have a choice.
With Windows, meh. Its more like #dealwithit.
Is Google misusing its position?
Maybe, but I dont think so. Their products are as good as the cometition. IE was hopeless.
Do I care? No.
Android is the best I have seen on a mobile OS, after WM. WP is super crap till its gets better like Android. And dont get me started about iOS. And that shit called iTunes.If the EU feels Android is anti competitive, then Apple tops vs Google.
As for the restrictions on apps, even Apple & MS does them. You have to design an app with these 'restrictions' in mind because it will ensure that the layout is good. In a mobile, layout is key to everything.
I only wish there were such systems in India. Here, purchasing of any laptop in most of the big cities from big electronic chains only have the crappy Windows 8. No option of Windows 7 on new models. They have older ones only with Windows 7.
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