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Microsoft and Others Back FairSearch Complaint In Europe Over Google Android Apps

 11:49 am on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Microsoft has accused rival Google of pushing Android handset makers to use its applications such as YouTube and Maps.

Along with Oracle, Nokia and 14 other tech firms, Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission.

The group, known as FairSearch, argues that Google is abusing its dominance of the mobile market.

In response to the filing, Google said: "We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission."Microsoft and Others Back FairSearch Complaint In Europe Over Google Android Apps [bbc.co.uk]
"We are asking the commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market," said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel for FairSearch.

"Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google's Android operating system," he added.



 4:33 pm on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

What a load.

Andoid is no more a trap than iOS w/Siri, FaceTime, etc. or Windows 8 w/Bing, Office, etc..

Microsoft of all companies has no room to talk about abusing hardware dominance as they wrote the play book that Google now uses. MS still rules the desktop nut can't get a grip on the phone like Google or Apple thru technology and customer loyalty as Win 8 is obviously not cutting it using their old arm twisting operating system methods to gain market share.

I'm reminded of several children's tales that Gates and Balmer obviously weren't read as a child because huffing and puffing at the Big Bad Google won't do any more good than it did at the Big Bad Microsoft.

People living in glass houses really shouldn't throw stones.

Sour grapes, what goes around comes around, the irony is deafening.


 4:41 pm on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Android is less of a trap: its open source and vendors can always alter it any way they like, or use something like Cyanogenmod.

Of course Android is dominated by Google, and it would be great if something like Mer, Sailfish or Firefox OS got some real traction, but as things are its a lot better than the Apple or MS alternatives.

Also, since when is Google dominant in mobile? Its now the market leader but Apple has a pretty strong position (and is the market leader in the high end)


 5:16 pm on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good point that Open Source is hardly a trap unless the license requires Google junk to be installed but I'm thinking without all the Google apps vendors have nothing to offer.

For that matter, where's MS Office for Android? HEHE

They should either put up or shut the hell up IMO


 10:47 am on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Microsoft itself is no stranger to EC scrutiny. In March it was fined 561 million euros (484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers in its Windows 7 operating system.

I have an element of sympathy with Microsoft here (well, not exactly sympathy, but tolerance) - if they were stung for a similar reason a few years back (and again when they didn't stick to the rules), it must be hard for them to see other companies (in this case, Google), doing exactly the same thing unpunished.


 7:37 pm on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Microsoft is calling out abuses on the desktop by Google? Who is calling the kettle black?

@bhonda - It's not the same thing. Microsoft is a monopoly on the desktop and locked out other browsers. Then Microsoft promised to allow the option of other browsers (not "promote" as your quote says) but failed to do so.


 8:25 pm on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Interesting you should say that incrediBILL. The Google Play Store is full of junk: it is not so much that the apps are bad but there are too many that do the same thing, and many contain irritating ads. Maybe customers are not asking for non-Google apps because they cannot find the good ones, and unless they do the vendors are not going to bother with anthing but the Google defaults.

I installed more apps on my tablet in the last week than in the last two years, because I discovered F-Droid which installs from an open source only repo. The result is a very small selection, but with a much lower ratio of rubbish: so I actually found a lot more I wanted.

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