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Microsoft, Nokia and others ally to sue Google over packaging its services into Android

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Microsoft, Nokia and others ally to sue Google over packaging its services into Android
When we hear about anti-competitive lawsuits against a corporation in Europe, that is usually Microsoft with its endless Windows browser bundling, but this time around Microsoft is the one who filed a lawsuit and the defendant is Google.

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

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posted on 09 Apr 2013, 01:51 43

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


so many companies needed to pull Google down. LOL
they are jealous of Google and android.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 01:59 34

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

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:19 33

10. samystic (Posts: 230; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


welcome to planet earth! you obviously have not heard about Apple

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:23 13

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 6043; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 03:44 6

29. Andrea (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I think Microsoft and nokia is even worce

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:28 10

44. omar300 (Posts: 209; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:20 9

48. buccob (Posts: 2578; 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

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 20:09

96. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Thats a lie you can change to google search if you want.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:25 15

14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:31 2

45. omar300 (Posts: 209; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:58 9

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?!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 08:38 7

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

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 08:30 2

70. p5yb0rg (unregistered)


Microsoft needs to go develop some apps instead of wasting their time with this..

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:40

87. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Its amazing...

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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:51 2

90. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


microsoft has released office for IOS and Android lol you troll

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 19:03

94. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 19:07

95. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If you mean Office 365....I got an email about that recently.....again I suggest you read more.

http://blogs.cio.com/windows/17785/putting-microsoft-office-365-work-ios-and-android

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 17:20

98. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-Office-for-Android-and-iOS-coming-late-2014-Windows-RT-refresh-on-the-roadmap-too_id41754

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..

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 01:53 18

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


What are they really hoping to win here?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 04:48 6

38. SuperNexus (Posts: 127; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 01:59 20

4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


MS & its bitch(Nokia) are jealous & trying to sue Google,instead they should focus on their own development.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:06 9

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....

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:20 10

12. samystic (Posts: 230; 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

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:15 7

40. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


cheap doesn't mean weak ;)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:52 1

91. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; 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

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 09:50 1

97. romeo1 (Posts: 720; 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:00 24

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.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:04 26

6. Peterwho (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


This suggests that WP8 has flopped :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:08 21

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


All patent trolls UNITE ... Nokia to lose more supporters after this ... WP what's that?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 02:19 7

11. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

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