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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Some truth ...
by MacTO on Tue 9th Apr 2013 13:48 UTC
MacTO
Member since:
2006-09-21

Even though I agree with the points in the article, and have no love for the companies making the complaint, there is some truth in their claims. Google is using their position is one market to secure a dominant position in another market. In this case, they are using market analytics and advertising in order to provide a product to other vendors below cost. They are also using their consumer products (e.g. search and email) in order to make the product more desirable to consumers.

That being said, I think that they are playing their cards carefully in order to avoid anti-trust sanctions. Notice that their is a differentiation between the Gmail app and the Email app. They also have Browser, which is distinct from the Google branded (and much more Google reliant) Chrome. Of course, you don't need Play since apps can be side-loaded or other marketplace apps can be used.

Whether they can avoid sanctions or not will depend upon their contracts with third parties, of which I am definitely not privy. Yet they are probably sufficiently flexible to avoid major issues. For example, I have noticed that devices with the Google apps also ship with competing apps. My device shipped with an alternative book store, news stand, and app store -- in addition to Google's products.

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RE: Some truth ...
by bnolsen on Tue 9th Apr 2013 15:49 in reply to "Some truth ..."
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Is google making money from purchases made on google play? What's to stop MS or anyone else from relying on the app store itself for revenue? Oh yeah, that's not part of MS's business model, who likes to charge an arm and a leg just for the OS itself!

Sounds to me more like this is an attempt by MS to change the market through legal means instead of changing itself to adapt to the market!

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RE: Some truth ...
by Morgan on Wed 10th Apr 2013 10:45 in reply to "Some truth ..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Microsoft doesn't allow any other app stores than their own on WP7 and WP8 phones and tablets. They don't allow any other browser besides IE. Look in the Play store and you'll see about two dozen browsers at any given moment. Install the Amazon app store and you never have to use Play again. You can even choose to set up your Gmail account using the generic Email app instead of the native Gmail app.

Maybe they are playing their cards carefully as you said. Or, perhaps a company built on open source technology from day one just likes the idea of choice and openness in their products.

I'm not one to trust Google with everything (especially my personal data, though they already have too much of it anyway) but even with all its warts, Android is the most open mobile platform available now. That may change when Ubuntu Phone OS hits, but it will have a lot of catching up to do.

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