Google Facing Antitrust Complaint Over Android: Report

By Cameron Scott 

european union, eu, antitrust, google, competitionThe European Union is considering a new antitrust complaint against Google’s Android mobile operating system, the EU competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia said, according to a New York Times report.

EU officials had already been investigating Android in addition to their more publicized inquiry into Google’s search engine, Almunia said. The EU has been more exacting with the search giant than the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Google is reportedly in the process of finalizing changes it will make to its search results to meet the commission’s standards.

The complaint comes from Fairsearch Europe, a gaggle of Google’s competitors, including Microsoft and Oracle.

The complaint alleges that Google uses its open operating system as lever to create advantages for its mobile apps, according to the Times report.

For example, phone makers that agree to use Android and that also want other top-tier Google applications, such as like YouTube, are required by the terms of their contract with Google to give the apps top billing on the devices, Fairsearch Europe’s lead lawyer, Thomas Vinje, told the Times.