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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Alfman
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2011-01-28

lemur2,

"They *can* compete with free. Just take the free code and make it look like your brand and make it do what you want it to do."

Google might make it easy for competitors to rebrand and sell android, but I don't think that view of competition would gel with the spirit of antitrust law - switching to android makes google stronger. Consider that if google charged for android's true & non-monopoly-subsidized costs, then competing operating systems would begin to look more attractive to vendors, some of whom would begin defecting from android in favor of alternatives. In other words, more competition, which in theory could be better for consumers. I'm not really sure how I feel about predatory pricing since, even after careful consideration, it seems to me that it is a painstakingly difficult line to draw.

Edited 2013-04-10 06:02 UTC

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