Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Apr 2013 10:34 UTC
Legal After Microsoft's extortion racket has failed to stop Android, and after Oracle's crazy baseless lawsuit failed to stop Android, and after Nokia adopting Windows Phone failed to stop Android, Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle are now grasping the next straw in their fruitless efforts to stop Android: they've filed an antitrust complaint with the EU, claiming Google unfairly bundles applications with Android.
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WorknMan
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This complaint is, of course, complete and utter bogus. First of all, not a single OEM wanting to make an Android device is forced to ship the suite of Google applications.


Except, according to your article, that's not what the complaint says:

The complaint claims if an OEM wants to ship one application from said suite, they are contractually obliged to ship them all

I take that to mean they're not saying that you HAVE to ship the suite, but if you want to ship ONE app in the suite, you have to ship ALL of them. So, for example, you couldn't ship an Android device with the Play store, but without Gmail, and vice-versa. I don't know if that changes things or not insofar as how valid the claim is, but I think it's an important distinction.

BTW: There are no Android devices shipping without that suite; there are only OS's based on Android, but which really aren't.

Edited 2013-04-09 20:04 UTC

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