EU Regulators To Probe Google Over Android


Google are currently being investigated by the European regulators, and now it would appear that the European Commission may open up another investigation into Google, this time over their Android OS for smartphones and tablets.

According to a recent report the European Commission will be looking into whether Google have used anti-competitive means to boost their share of the mobile OS market with Android.

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The latest investigation is apparently due to allegations from some of Google’s competitors, which include Nokia and Microsoft, who have apparently claimed that Google has been licensing Android to manufacturers below cost and making demands about which of Google’s applications are installed on the devices.

The original complaint was apparently filed in April, and it accuses Google is using Android  “as a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today.”

At the moment the investigation into Google by the European Commission over Android seems to be informal, whether or not it will develop into a full blown investigations remains to be seen.

Source All Things D