20 Apr The European Commission accuses Google
The European Commission today accused Alphabet, the company owned by the search online engine Google for abusive practices in the mobile operating system market. Specifically, the Commission has been investigating for a year, three different charges against Google:
- If Google has required or encouraged manufacturers of smartphones and tablets to exclusively preinstall applications and services of Google.
- If Google has prevented the manufacturers of smartphones and tablets who wish to install the applications and services of Google Android devices, to develop and commercialize also, modified versions of Android in other devices.
- If Google has assembled some of its services and applications distributed with Android, with other applications of Google, services or application interfaces.
Vestager explained it at a conference in Amsterdam on Monday: “our concern is that, by requiring the manufacturers of mobile and operators to pre-charge a series of applications, instead of letting them decide which applications to load, Google could be cutting off one of the main ways by which new applications can reach consumers”.
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