Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th May 2011 21:40 UTC
Legal Nilay Patel has read through the 750 pages of legal filings in the Skyhook v. Google case we have also reported on extensively, and it's one damn fine piece of work. An absolute must-read, with detailed timelines of how Google uses compatibility to push Android device makers into a certain direction. "So what does all this mean? At the very least, it's now extremely clear that Google plays a major role in Android device development, to the point where Andy Rubin himself approves and denies requests from OEMs. It's also clear that Google places tremendous value on collecting location data, and it acted swiftly when it determined Skyhook's deal with Motorola might threaten its ability to collect that data."
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by Praxis on Fri 13th May 2011 00:21 UTC
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Is anybody really surprised at anything there? Google controls android, this was obvious from the beginning. While the android platform itself is open, Google's apps and most importantly market access are not freely available and Google controls them tightly. This was known a long time ago.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. Google certainly has a monopoly over Android, just a Apple has a monopoly over iphone and microsoft windows phone 7. But is control over Android sufficient at this point to trigger anti-trust protections. No one is surprised when Apple locks someone off their platform after all. Why should Google be different ,remember this is the mobile market, no one has even over 50% share yet, microsoft comparisons are still a long way off but on the other hand maybe bad behavior should be nipped in the bud before it really get started.

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