Latest in Android

Image credit:

US will probe Google for anti-competitive Android behavior

10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

The FTC and US Justice Department have launched an antitrust investigation into Google's Android operating system, according to Bloomberg. US regulators reportedly launched the inquiry after meeting with rival tech companies saying that Google limits their access to Android in favor of its own apps. The US move follows a similar investigation into the Android platform in Europe, where the EU Commission is looking into Google's search and bundling of applications like Gmail, Chrome and Play. The concern is that the practice creates a monopoly and crowds out rival apps like Microsoft's Outlook or Nokia's Here mapping.

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.

Source: Bloomberg
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Google is ending support for the Explorer Edition of Glass

Google is ending support for the Explorer Edition of Glass

View
Despite the HQ2 debacle, Amazon will add office space in Manhattan

Despite the HQ2 debacle, Amazon will add office space in Manhattan

View
Apple plans software fix for 16-inch MacBook Pro 'speaker popping'

Apple plans software fix for 16-inch MacBook Pro 'speaker popping'

View
Elon Musk wins defamation trial over ‘pedo’ remarks

Elon Musk wins defamation trial over ‘pedo’ remarks

View
‘Reno 911!’ is coming back as a Quibi exclusive

‘Reno 911!’ is coming back as a Quibi exclusive

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr