A group of 17 companies known as FairSearch complained to the the European regulators. This group includes Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia. European commission is already investigating Google’s dominance of the web search market.
FairSearch complains that Google offers free copy of Android if the manufacturer also install Google Services like Google Maps, YouTube or Google Play. This keeps its rivals at the disadvantageous position. This group fears that if not stopped Google will continue selling Android for less than its actual cost thereby making other companies too difficult to survive in the mobile market.
Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition said, ‘Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a Trojan Horse to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data.’ He added, ‘We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market.’
Meanwhile a Google spokesman said that the firm continued to work cooperatively with regulators. According to Strategy Analytics Android is running in 70% of the smart phones in the world.