FairSearch, a group of 17 companies including Nokia and Microsoft, have filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission on the way Google bundles some services with its Android operating system which acts like a ‘Trojan Horse’ that Google uses to deceive its partners, monopolize the mobile market and control consumer data.
FairSearch says that there’s a suite of google apps that are required to be installed before packing the phone’s software, giving them prominent position in the phone.
“Google achieved its dominance in the smartphone operating system market by giving Android to device makers for ‘free.’ But in reality, Android phone makers who want to include must-have Google apps such as Maps, YouTube or Play are required to pre-load an entire suite of Google mobile services and to give them prominent default placement on the phone, the complaint says. This disadvantages other providers, and puts Google’s Android in control of consumer data on a majority of smartphones shipped today.
Google’s predatory distribution of Android at below-cost makes it difficult for other providers of operating systems to recoup investments in competing with Google’s dominant mobile platform, the complaint says.”
The matter is currently under investigation. Meanwhile, EC Chief Joaquín Almunia has said that this is a new step in investigation which was already going on Google regarding their ‘Search Practices’.
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