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
Member since:
2011-01-28

WorknMan,

"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."


Precisely. Some will find it debatable whether this is harmful, and nearly everyone will find it ironic that microsoft has been convicted of the same sort of bundling in the past. Microsoft's intentions may not be pure, but it seems logical to me that if it was illegal for microsoft, then it should be illegal for google as well in the markets which they have a monopoly.

Hopefully google will just concede and allow vendors to bundle whatever they please. It's not like google needs to bundle software to attract users - they still have a tremendous marketing advantage in the android ecosystem due to their brand.

Edited 2013-04-10 01:03 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Hopefully google will just concede and allow vendors to bundle whatever they please.


They already do so. Vendors can already bundle whatever they please.

There is perhaps a certain minimum set of apps that must be shipped before one can call one's device "Android", but AFAIK they don't have to be Google's apps. Nokia could ship Nokia maps if they want to.

After all, "Android" is a product of the Open Handset Alliance, not just Google.

http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/

Welcome to the Open Handset Allianceâ„¢, a group of 84 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together we have developed Androidâ„¢, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.


http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/oha_members.html

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lemur2,

"They already do so. Vendors can already bundle whatever they please."

I am taking the information at face value. If it's true that google's forcing vendors to bundle, then there may be an antitrust case. If it's untrue, then there isn't. As MacTO indicated earlier, the contract between google and android vendors is information we are not exactly privy to. Keep in mind this complaint was filed in Europe, the contracts may be jurisdiction and/or vendor specific. If you have more information than what's been disclosed already, it'd be helpful if you could post a link to it. Thanks.



"My Android tablet shipped with Android, with the Google Play store installed, but left Google Maps off."

That's interesting, however I'm not sure the complaint included the tablet market since the smartphone market was explicitly mentioned. Do you have a similar example of an android phone model?

Edited 2013-04-10 03:25 UTC

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