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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2005-11-13

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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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

And thats the important distinction. Google isn't forcing anyone to do anything. IF you want to ship "Android" you have to have certain apps installed and you can't change the system so much that it won't run Android apps. This is the deal of being in the Open Handset Alliance. You are still free to take Android and do whatever you want with it, as seen by Amazon and B&N. Thing is, only t he real "Android" devices seem to be doing really well. People want their Google services.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Google isn't forcing anyone to do anything. IF you want to ship "Android" you have to have certain apps installed


And THAT is what they're forcing vendors to do. According to what the article says, you can't ship a device running Android and only include certain apps, while not including others. It's either ALL or NOTHING. In other words, Nokia couldn't ship a phone running Android, with the Google Play store installed, and then include their own mapping solution while leaving Google Maps off.

I'm not arguing whether Google is justified or not in enforcing this requirement, but that is what the complaint is about.

Edited 2013-04-10 00:15 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

My Xperia Pro shipped with Play Store, Youtube, and Maps pre-installed, but not GMail or Chrome or StreetView or a bunch of others.

My Optimus G shipped with Play Store, Youtube, Maps (with StreetView), but not GMail or Chrome or a bunch of others.

IOW, different manufacturers ship different Google apps on their phones, without installing all of them. Meaning, the argument as listed in the article is bogus.

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