Microsoft and Nokia Join Forces in Antitrust Complaint Against Google’s Android
Goggle is under attack. Search engine giant Google is under legal attack by a group representing Microsoft Corp., Expedia Inc. and Nokia. According to sources, an antitrust complaint has been lodged by Fairsearch Europe against Google Inc. over its Android operating system. Google was almost at the verge to escape one investigation with European regulators and struck itself another.
Fairsearch Europe is a group of 17 technology and search companies that includes member such as Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and many others. This group has complaint EU to investigate the way Google develops the Android operating system to benefit Google apps in most smartphones.
Fairsearch Accuse Google for App Bundling in Android
According to complain filed, Fairsearch has asked EU to investigate Google’s “deceptive conduct to lockout competition” in the mobile market with a goal to “cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.”
In simple language, if a phone manufacturer develops android based smartphones integrated with Google apps like YouTube, they must agree to place those Google apps on the front position and other exceptional places on the phone’s desktop.
Thomas Vinje, Fairsearch lead lawyer argued that Google is utilizing its mobile software as a “deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today.” He further added that Android hardware producers have contractual obligations to continue Google apps at the front positions of their devices.
Vinje also claimed, “Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse‘ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data”.
Fairsearch Europe has asked EU to respond quickly and determinedly to maintain healthy competition and innovation in persisting mobile market. And delay in act will only encourage Google to repeat its misuses of dominance in a world driven by Google’s Android OS.
The EU confirmed it received FairSearch’s complaint and comments are yet to arrive from Commission’s end. It would be interesting to see whether it restricts Google or lets Google to dance on its own rhythm.