Normally your daily dose of Android news is a welcome tablet of open source OS positivity, but into every life, even the Life of Android, a little rain must fall; for Google anyway…
Along with any success comes its own issues and the meteoric rise of Android has attracted more than its fair share of adversaries over the years, with Microsoft adding to that list as of today, accusing Google of pushing smartphone manufacturers to favour its wares, such as Google Maps and YouTube, over those of its rival by offering Android free, but on condition of using its associated apps.
Alongside the likes of Nokia, Oracle and Expedia within the Google anti-love group, FairSearch, the company has filed a complaint against Google with the European Commission, citing that it is taking unfair advantage of its position at the top of the OS tree to influence mobile makers.
“We are asking the commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market,” said Thomas Vinje from 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.”
No stranger to fielding official complaints, Google has not responded to the latest filing except to offer up the generic legal answer-all of “We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission.”
Naturally we’ll be keeping a beady Android eye on the situation and will keep you all updated on any European action. In the meantime why not go and take a look at FairSearch – they’re really not big fans of the Googleplex-dwelling gang!