Microsoft, of course, was itself dinged heavily in EU for pre-installing Internet Explorer on Windows 7 without giving consumers other browser options. Google's situation with Android is similar, given that it owns over 50 percent of the smartphone market. However, consumers have realistic options to Android, like iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, so according to US law, regulators may not have a case. For now, the FTC and DoJ have reached a "clearance agreement," that lets the FTC take charge of the query.
Two large regulatory bodies -- the FTC and European Commission -- are now investigating Google's Android practices.
The proceedings may never amount to anything, however. In fact, the FTC launched a similar probe into Google's search business in 2013, but elected to not bring any charges. The FTC was heavily criticized for that decision, especially after it accidentally posted a document leaking the names of the complainants in the case. This time, however, the FTC and European Commission are investigating Google at the same time, though not exactly for the same things -- so it could get awkward if they arrive at different decisions. There's no word about the investigation yet from Google or the FTC, but Engadget has reached out for more information.