Microsoft and Nokia Demand EU Action Against Google For Antitrust Violations

Google is on the hot seat with the EU over alleged antitrust violations related to its Internet search practices on both the desktop and on mobile devices. After a two-year investigation that appears to find Google at fault, several of the complainants have voiced their displeasure at the pace of the European Commission’s action or lack thereof.

Reuters says that over a dozen companies have complained, including heavy hitters Microsoft and Nokia, even as European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he plans to achieve a settlement with Google before the end of the year.

Android search

The length of the investigation may be due in part to the fact that it began with the desktop version of Google’s search engine but expanded to examine mobile search, as well.

"Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a 'Trojan Horse' to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data," said FairSearch's lawyer Thomas Vinje in a statement to Reuters. Essentially, the allegation is that Google is driving traffic to itself through Android, by directing users to its search engine (not to mention YouTube, Maps, and other services) and also bumping up its own products in search results.

Google search results

On the one hand, it seems a little silly to bang Google for shipping its services on devices running its operating system; on the other hand, complainants have a very good point. And it’s not like this is a new issue--just ask Microsoft about whether or not it’s cool to include your own Web browser with your operating system.
Via:  Reuters
thunderdan602 one year ago

I guess the European Union needs more money to bail it's member countries out of debt? This is getting ridiculous. First Microsoft and now Google. Yes, punish successful companies who package their services in their own operating systems. I guess the masses of ignorant folks in the world don't realize there are choices other than Google and Internet Explorer.

AaronLasley one year ago

Future Apple Followers

ricofrost one year ago

Microsoft got a massive fine for having its own browser on its own operating system. So i guess its going to happen to google now as well.

Clixxer one year ago

The EU and their ruling are crazy. I think you are right thunderdan602, the EU needs more money and what better way than to take it from successful companies. 

Then again is people did figure out you don't always have to use google or microsoft even though they are very convenient their eyes might open and realize a thing or two about the rest of the world.

3vi1 one year ago

1) Microsoft had a monopoly. Google's got a good position, but Apple has a healthy chunk of the market.

2) The Microsoft case was about much more than the browser, such as: Microsoft demanded royalties on every computer sold by partners (whether they shipped with Windows or not)... Microsoft wouldn't reveal private APIs they built into Windows which gave their other products an advantage over 3rd party software... And, the fact that Microsoft was leveraging the desktop presence to lock everyone into proprietary protocols that would only work with their browser/media-players (while Google's streaming/communication protocols are open).

It may well be good for Google to get ordered to unbundle some of their services, but they are no where near the territory that Microsoft was in... and it's hilarious to hear Microsoft whine about this now.

dnw1962 one year ago

Lets not forget though that Google does not charge for it's software, Microsoft does. They both make money on ad revenue. I don't see this as a trojan horse. Google is not trying to hide anything. Everyone knows how they make their money. They are not preventing in anyway others from providing apps that would provide the same services. I just don't see this as the same thing that Microsoft got in hot water for. In that case it was clear that Microsoft was trying to dominate the browser market by including for free software that others had been charging for and making it so intertwined with the OS as to make it not worth the trouble to install another browser.

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