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Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:43

FTC targeting Android

Written by Nick Farell

Proof of Google's anti-trust
Apple seems to have found an ally it its quest to ban Android from stores and force people to buy tablets.

According to the Wall Street Journal Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google's business, including its Android mobile phone software and web search related services. They also have been asking around if  Google favours its own products, such as Google's "Places" business listings, its "Shopping results" and Google Finance services.

Investigators have been asking if Google is restricting the use of rivals' services on mobile devices using its widely used operating system, Android. Recently Skyhook Wireless sued Google for using its market power to pressure smartphone makers into dropping Skyhook's location-sensing technology in favour of Google's own, competing service.

The FTC have been listening to world on the street about the growing influence of Android and how it may be helping Google maintain its lead in Web search. Google's search engine is the default for many phones built using Android. If the FTC says that Google must abandon Android it could lead the field clear for proprietary software outfits like Apple and Microsoft to rule the roost.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 fingerbob69 2011-08-11 15:11
Naaa... google might find itself having to advise that 'other serch engines are available' as M$ had to do with IE but not into withdrawing the Android os.
+2 #2 Jaberwocky 2011-08-11 16:06
Of course Apple could take them to court in German claiming that Google are copying a patent they took out sometime back, describing how a Domineering company can run rough shod over the competition. :D
+2 #3 Jaberwocky 2011-08-11 16:09
Although thinking about it now.That patent must have been originaly taken out in the 90's by Microsoft. :lol:
+2 #4 D31337Antics 2011-08-11 18:53
Sounds like someone at the FTC is getting REAL paid.
0 #5 youserzero 2011-08-12 01:54
This is rather strange. Verizon blocks access to google maps to force users to use their inferior paid for map service.

Verizon doesn't even show up on the FTC radar, but they are going after google for doing the same thing?

Just saying its VERY curious how some offenders are just outright ignored by authorities...

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