Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and its friends from Fairsearch accuse Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) of antitrust violations in Europe. They're saying that Google's bundling of its apps in the free OS is illegal.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get a curious case of déjà vu.
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Ina Fried reports:
The 17-member Fairsearch.org coalition...includes Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, TripAdvisor and Expedia. [It] complains that Google gives away Android for free but then forces [OEMs to] preload other Google services.
Google representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MORE
Carly Page adds:
Google is at the centre of another European antitrust complaint orchestrated by Microsoft. [The] "organization united to promote economic growth, innovation and choice across the internet" is going after Google. ... It's a pretty ironic moment, after Microsoft recently was slapped with a mammoth fine...relating to browser choice.
This complaint adds to Microsoft's regulatory attacks on Google, which is already under investigation in Europe for allegedly "anticompetitive" search practices. ...it is unclear whether [Europe] will investigate the complaint. MORE
So David Meyer wonders if there's a there there:
FairSearch characterizes the giving-away of Android as “predatory” and “below-cost”, arguing that it “makes it difficult for other[s]...to recoup investments.”
The fundamental concept in antitrust regulation is that...if the target of the regulation doesn’t dominate the market in a way that potentially lets them stunt competition, regulators can’t hold them back. ...around 70 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide...carried Android. That is a lot, but does it amount to market dominance? ...in the EU...Android has a market share of just over 60 percent. ...it is viable to fork Android and forego the standard Google suite. ...this is a market in constant flux...regulators may be queasy at the thought of interfering in an already tumultuous scene. MORE
But iWebDroidBerry8 is less equivocal:
Oh please, this is just another case of Microsoft being a hypocrite. ... If anything they are much worse because MS only has one app store option, and...they license the OS like Google. MORE
Meanwhile, Tuxbot compares and contrasts:
And it is not like Microsft pays Telco's to force android users to use Bing with no way of changing that...oh wait. MORE