Yet again, the European Commission has placed Google alleged anti competitive behaviour under the spotlight. Google is now accused of misusing its dominant market position in Europe as the provider of the operating system Android, to stop competitors from developing enhancements to Android. By taking active steps to “nicely” persuade mobile telephone manufacturer to use Google Android operating system exclusively at the expense of other versions of Androids, Google’s makes it almost impossible for competitors to enter the mobile telephone operating system market which in turn prevents technological developments, according to the European Commission’s latest 150 pages Statement of Objections which it sent to Google and to its parent company Alphabet earlier this year.
Google however cares less about its operating system and more, much more, about the operating system being tied in to its Google search engine. The European Commission is saying that Google also forces telephone manufacturers to preinstall Google search engine on all new Androids mobile telephone, which means it also stops competitors from having a fair opportunity to enter the mobile telephone search engine market.
So why is Google so keen on having exclusivity over mobile telephone search engines? The answer is that it cares less about the search engine and more about being able to manipulate search results so that its Google Store, and Google sellers can dominant the comparison search market regardless of merits.
Search comparison searches is, guess what? Yes, the subject of yet another European Commission alleged anti competitive investigation against Google.
Confused? Not to worry! Listen in to my interview with attorney Bennet Kelley, live on Cranberry FM, Google’s Antitrust Battle with the EU with Yair Cohen. Google anti-trust case made simple where we cover all the different anti-trust cases the European Commission currently undertakes against Google and where we ask the burning question:
Is Google a victim of anti-trust witch-hunt by the European Commission?