Microsoft, Nokia and others ally to sue Google over packaging its services into Android
A 17-member coalition of competitor-companies including Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, TripAdvisor and Expedia have united under the Fairsearch.org initiative to sue Google for that it “uses deceptive conduct to lockout competition in mobile.”
The coalition accuses the search company of using the free Android as a vessel to promote its search and other services (like YouTube) and lock users into them.
“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” the coalition’s lawyer Thomas Vinje said. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market.”
The coalition has put up a website where it explains why search is important and asking the question whether Google can be trusted. The search giant has not issued an official response to the accusations yet.
source: Fairsearch via AllThingsD
1. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
so many companies needed to pull Google down. LOL
they are jealous of Google and android.
3. Peterwho (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
microsoft = nokia = the biggest patenttroll LOL
Microsoft's still a monopoly of the business.
Microsoft to stop being evil, release office package for the iPad and competing platforms.
It is this that makes me not like Microsoft
10. samystic (Posts: 192; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
welcome to planet earth! you obviously have not heard about Apple
13. joey_sfb (Posts: 3097; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
A bunch of s**tty corporations, after their over price OS and office product started to be less desirable with cheaper alternative around. Instead of making their product more compelling they choose the easy route.
They really learn nothing from the apple lawsuit saga.
29. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I think Microsoft and nokia is even worce
44. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
Google has never locked their user :/ we can install any widget and app we like. so we can install expedia or any software. as for microsoft, i am using windows phone and there is no way to change their bing search so they shouldnt be complaining they have a permanent setting too for quick search.
48. buccob (Posts: 1539; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Not only I agree with you... Google Chrome mobile even has a setting for use a different search engine like yahoo and Bing...
What a bunch of whiny b****es
96. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Thats a lie you can change to google search if you want.
14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
I was waiting for something like this to happen. I've oten wondered why nobody takes on Apple about this. They have an extremely closed system designed to lock users in and allow little or no competitors to the built in services.
45. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i agree, customers should have option. but android is about options. look at what facebook has done to android and made facebook home, and then amazon! u cant even tell its android. customization has changed everything.
23. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
I don't think large technology corporate companies have the same prejudices and personal opinions that the general public have(and annoying butthurt trolls like you). So Nokia isn't jealous, they are playing a game of business. If another business uses your patent, why wouldn't you attack them?!
72. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
these android and google fanatics dont understand business is a different world to there little google praising garden
i knew this article would have google defenders coming to big them up and say how others are just evil.....truly pathetic
70. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
Microsoft needs to go develop some apps instead of wasting their time with this..
87. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Isnt Google search engine, browser available on other phones? Any browser can use Google search on the web on a phone. How in the world is that locking users into Android? If its Maps....where are the Apple and MS exclusive apps on Android?
Exactly. Let MS get Office to Android...then ....maybe....they can talk. Apple? I want Siri on my Maxx HD....NOW.
Right now if I wanted to use Office on a phone...I ....have ...to get a WP. MS Office might be used as much as Google search engine.
I guess its fine to let MS and Apple keeps exclusive things to their platform... Why isnt there an IE for Android? Is that Google or MS doing?
This is almost as stupid as MS getting in trouble for the IE desktop stuff.
90. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1005; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
microsoft has released office for IOS and Android lol you troll
94. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I suggest you read more...its fundamental. MS Office has not been released yet for iOS or Android. There are Android and iOS apps they let you use, read and edit Office documents .
Again......reading is fundamental.
95. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If you mean Office 365....I got an email about that recently.....again I suggest you read more.
98. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
lol@ppl not knowing how to do an internet search....
Like I said....its not out yet. No matter how much one wants to discredit, not believe the truth..
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1051; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
What are they really hoping to win here?
38. SuperNexus (Posts: 120; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Yeap! they are thinking like that.
and you know why?
Because Nokia ,Microsoft and other companies are afraid of Google.
So instead of offering better product they are going with Apple technique i.e sue.
4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
MS & its bitch(Nokia) are jealous & trying to sue Google,instead they should focus on their own development.
7. Peterwho (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
I think nokia is the biggest patenttroll here.
I hope they cant sell their cheap plastic bricks....
12. samystic (Posts: 192; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
your dictionary does not have the right meaning of the word 'cheap'... this 'cheap brick' can handle knives, hammers amongst others
91. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1005; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
what's cheap about the lumia 920 ?
Oh wait the nice user friendly OS get a different reasons you trolls
97. romeo1 (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
i'm just saying that cheap doesn't mean weak as samystic tries to explain.
read before you post.
and yes plastic is a cheap material.
5. Esf_Kid (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
this is exactly like Sammy, Apple competition
when Sammy is pulling ahead, Apple tries to slow it down via suing it and now that android is dominating WP tries to stop it by these ugly ways.
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
All patent trolls UNITE ... Nokia to lose more supporters after this ... WP what's that?
11. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
What the F? Why isn't anyone mass suing Apple for all the crap they did? Instead Nokia speaks for them in court. I already lost all respect for Nokia and I didn't think I could disrespect them anymore but this does it.
84. Nasheer_B (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
Nokia doesn't need to worry about Apple and their piece of s**t phones. The biggest operating systems are now Windows Phone and Android.
15. JanisG (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
So Nokia doesn't use Bing as their search engine right?
16. best_ (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
Omfg , patience guys , are you all crazy ??? Stay calm and let them do theyr joob ... wtf are you to say them what to do ? I answer to you " Just a piece of NOTHING "
17. chupoltorero (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
lets see how this all ends...still i dont see any sense from this aside from M$/Nokia butt hurt jealous of how android still dominating mobile OS...if they cant create thier own OS ecosystem then kill the easiest/biggest prey around(and its always google)...from scroogle campaign to WP smoking other mobile OS then this...
18. Simmo3D (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
Hmm.. its Windows 98 all over again.. eh Microsoft.
I have to admit I hate Google with a passion. They seem to get away with almost anything these days and need a reality check.
26. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
What the hell is there for them to get away with?
Google doesn't really do anything shady. And until they do, this whole concept of them as a shadowy evil force is ludicrous.
57. Aeires (unregistered)
They give things away for free, oh the tragedy!
19. FlushGordon (unregistered)
...OR.....OR....or why can't they just make a better product? Android works, period. Now if you want to compete, then make a better/appealing ecosystem and a better device to go with it.
What a bunch of losers...Microsoft is just bitter that nobody wants to pay for their Windows OS licensing fee
21. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Why, what do we have here? The tables have turned!
31. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Microsoft and nokia are the big patenttrolls here.
I hope wp will contuine to flop, almost no games and no apps
46. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Wow, why so aggressive against WP? It's not like Google bitched it and bought Motorola for just their patents. Nokia own 16,000 patents that are phone related. They can do whatever they want really. Nokia aren't winning the game, but they literally have it.
58. Aeires (unregistered)
They bought Motorola for patents to defend Android, AND to make phones so they could cover their own bases with a backup plan. Let's not forget that.
79. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Eh what? Nokia aren't winning the game, but they literally have it? What in the hell does that even mean? MS gives away it's service with it's OS all the time, when you buy a PC or laptop or netbook, do they not come chock full of MS owned products? Your rose-tinted glasses are on too tight. Google scooped up Motorola because of the patents so they can defend their OS from patent suits. This isn't a patent suit so why are you bringing that up is beyond the scope of this suit.
Your sig shows that you are one biased individual, my android phone has the ability to choose which search engine to use...I'm not forced to use Google, Bing or Yahoo. Nor am I forced to use anything from Google, I choose to use them. How often does MS Office doc have hang ups with other Word Processors not made by MS?
92. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1005; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
yeah they are but you can simply uninstall them if you want and you have to pay for them anyway
22. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Well this is pretty idiotic. I mean, what's wrong with what's Google doing? Android is their OWN product afterall, so why can't they put their OWN services on their OWN OS?
That's like saying Nokia should get sued for not letting apps like Nokia Drive work on other WP8 phones.
24. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Bitter. Jealous. Insecure. Envious.
25. MartianMe (unregistered)
Coalition= bunch of brokeass bitch*s.
27. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
I've lost all respect for Nokia now. They are truly Microsoft's bitch. Once again, MS has formed a coalition to attempt to stop the rise of Android because their s**tty product can't compete. Google OWNS Android. So why is it wrong that they bundle their services with THEIR OS? MS does it with Windows. Apple does it with iOS. Samsung does it with their products. So does Amazon with the Kindle. But because Google and Android are destroying MS and Windows, and because NOBODY wants WP8, they sue to stop the competition. Now, just like with CRAP Apple, I will NEVER use another MS product again. s**tty ass company. -
30. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Would Microsoft and Nokia sue Google if Android wasn't free? Probably not... this is what's hurting Microsoft, NO phone/tablet manufacturer wants to pay for their half @ssed overpriced Operating system....$50 licensing fee vs a much much superior FREE product? LOL. ... I feel sorry for Nokia for this colossal blunder.
28. boosook (Posts: 1073; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
They're almost right, because if MS has been forced to include the browser selection screen in Windows this should be true for everyone, be it Google, Apple or whoever.
The problem is that if this is true for Android, it should be true for Windows Phone too. Isn't Bing the default search engine in WP? Isn't Bing Maps the default maps application? Or Outlook the default mail? And IE the default browser? Why am I not presented a screen where I can choose between those services and Google equivalents (Google Search, Maps, Chrome and GMail)?
So they should do the same with WP.
My opinion is that whoever makes an OS, whether it's free or not, has the right to put whatever he likes in it. And so the original mistake was the one that started it all: force MS to include the Ballot Screen in Windows. Now they can claim that others should do the same.
34. Dunknown (Posts: 84; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Google might have used the patent that invented by Microsoft them. In this world no one can really sue Nokia. If they sue it Nokia will sue the others of using their tech WIFI, Bluetooth and other stuff. WIFI and Bluetooth are the main components we used it everywhere.
88. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"The problem is that if this is true for Android, it should be true for Windows Phone too. Isn't Bing the default search engine in WP? Isn't Bing Maps the default maps application? Or Outlook the default mail? And IE the default browser?"
EXACTLY!!! But dont tell this to all the Android, Google haters.... all they see is fanboys.
32. Dunknown (Posts: 84; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Those who go for Google you should really read the book about Rockefeller of being the monopoly of oil refinery in the united state. Microsoft is a monopoly but it view differently by other. Microsoft is fully supported by the government of quite a lot of countries in the world. It is one of the oldest and the best OS we have today.
80. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
So because they are supported by the government MS gets a free pass? What are you some sort of lemming?
33. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
this is almost as pathetic as some of apple's attempts to patent troll. Pretty disappointed with microsoft/nokia here.
35. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
There are 17 companies involved yet everyone's only bit.ching about Microsoft and Nokia. :/ either jealous or anti-supporters of Microsoft/Nokia :/
81. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
The other companies no one has probably even heard of and are probably shell outfits for MS and or Apple. Happens all the time, heck Apple has shell outfits that they create and had over patents so they can patent troll Android OEM's. Bury your head in the sand ostrich.
86. roscuthiii (Posts: 1861; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
They're allied with Oracle among that 17 member coalition, that should be all that needs to be said here.
36. whoyou (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
I bet all of you are using microsoft products in their home or work. so STOP complaining. :)
37. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
microsoft still taking cheap shots huh........smh when will they jus grow up and re do windows 8 because we all know its not what they thought it would be and to be honest, windows 7 s**ts on windows 8 lol
Go Google ,shut those clowns down!