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FairSearch.org, a coalition of companies led by Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle, has filed a complaint with the European Commission laying out Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.

Google’s Android is the dominant smartphone operating system, running in 70% of units shipped at the end of 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Google also dominates mobile search advertising with 96% of the market, according to eMarketer. The complaint says Google uses deceptive conduct to lockout competition in mobile.

Google achieved its dominance in the smartphone operating system market by giving Android to device-makers for ‘free’. But in reality, Android phone makers who want to include must-have Google apps such as Maps, YouTube or Play are required to pre-load an entire suite of Google mobile services and to give them prominent default placement on the phone, the complaint says. This disadvantages other providers, and puts Google’s Android in control of consumer data on a majority of smartphones shipped today.

Google’s predatory distribution of Android at below-cost makes it difficult for other providers of operating systems to recoup investments in competing with Google’s dominant mobile platform, the complaint says.

“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data. We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. 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,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition.

FairSearch is an international coalition of 17 specialized search and technology companies whose members include Expedia, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and TripAdvisor.

The European Commission is already considering how to remedy concerns that Google may be abusing its dominance in desktop search advertising, in particular Google’s search bias that favors its own services in search results.

In April, six European data protection authorities began coordinating efforts to force Google to comply with EU privacy laws they say Google violated by consolidating its privacy policies. Google paid a record fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in August 2012 to settle charges it gave misleading privacy promises to Safari Internet browser users.

“European consumers deserve a rigorous investigation of Google’s mobile practices, and real protections against further abuses by Google. Given Google’s track record of ignoring the law, mobile Internet users should be very concerned,” said Mr. Vinje.

Tags: FairSearch, FairSearch.org, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, TripAdvisor, Google, Android

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Jewish businesses attacking other Jewish business.
3 1 [Posted by: Vampire36  | Date: 04/11/13 11:13:34 AM]
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as you sow so shall you reap. This should be in all monopolistic corporate docs.
Unethical practices always come home to roost.
3 corporations who have based their whole existence on a monopolist practices don't know any other way to react except in this manner. Its called competition.
2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/11/13 01:25:38 PM]
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So the European Commission doesnt need a lot of bribery to help bloodsucking monster to keep sucking on little people. Hm sad but true story

Well, Mega$hit you shouldnt put so much expectations that people are still stupid like in 1990s to keep on buying crapptastic systems you market. So you must go with under table deals with crooked politicians to help you. Creep M$ it's a time of moral crisis so you could score yet another whore. Just hope that ho will have some nasty disease that could affect a phage like Mega$hit to finally be buried in self imploding casket.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/n..._Thanks_to_Windows_8.html
2 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/11/13 06:34:43 PM]
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I think you're taking it a bit easy on M$, but a good try nonetheless.
If all the nasty or dubious practices told of Google are completely true, then that still makes them a thousand times better than M$.
1 0 [Posted by: mjv1121  | Date: 04/12/13 02:08:37 AM]
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Bloodsucking Crapptastic Monopolizers try to say that Android is a Googles tool to monopolize the world just because they fail to open an umbrella to cloud whole f world into their idiosyncretism in which Win8 and it's descendants should serve as portal to bring end user to their dry cloud.
Would it be still a user that who use a Windows based platform or just a "something" from which you can harvest blood every once in while?
1 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/11/13 06:46:33 PM]
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is that because they failed to dominate smart phone o.s.?
the good thing is, android is free.
2 0 [Posted by: elkabong  | Date: 04/12/13 02:01:58 AM]
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Not only is it free, but also its OPEN SOURCE.
1 0 [Posted by: mjv1121  | Date: 04/12/13 02:09:57 AM]
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Microsoft has a big problem with their complaint. For one thing, Microsoft limits Windows Mobile OS to hardware that can run it, so it is Microsoft is the one that ruined their own phones to compete.

I do not know why Nokia and Oracle is in on the complaint. Nokia should be going after cell phone manufactures. If Oracle is in on the complaint because Android's JAVA VM, that ship has sailed.

Overall, I think Microsoft bribed Nokia and Oracle to provide extra muscle in the complaint against Google. In my own eyes, people or the consumers are buying just the phone and just happens the operating system that those phones runs is Android.
0 0 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 04/12/13 08:12:42 PM]
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I think its good because it is not only free but also its a great open source to use I found it pretty good.And I use it much while working on Money Sites Labs
0 0 [Posted by: jenifer133  | Date: 04/12/13 10:05:24 PM]
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So why cant we uninstall those abominations called BING, Xbox live etc from windoz phones

POT.....................KETTLE
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 04/13/13 02:11:06 AM]
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Good question.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/15/13 09:58:24 AM]
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