Back in April we heard that Google would be subject to an Antitrust investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and now the WSJ is reporting that the investigation will now be focusing on Google’s Android OS as well as other parts of Google’s business.
According to the report FTC lawyers will be looking to find out whether or not Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that us its Android OS from using competitors services.
It isn’t clear as yet what the FTC means by ‘competitors services’, they can’t mean that Google stops companies using other operating systems as the majority of manufacturers who use Android also produce smartphones with other operating systems like Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
We presume that the FTC is looking into services that are built in to Android, although does Google actually stop manufacturers using different services within Android, as many companies release custom versions of Android with their own user interfaces and custom applications built in.
Source The WSJ