Following Russian payoff, Google to defend antitrust allegations in South Korea



Shortly after paying a hefty fine in Russia over similar accusations, Google has found itself in yet another antitrust mess – this time in South Korea, one of the company's key Asian markets. As it usually goes, Korean authorities are concerned with Google pre-loading its apps suite on Android phones.

That aside, Google and South Korea are at odds with the country's restrictions over exporting digital map data, which hampers Google Maps' local operations. As a result of a delayed government decision, the service is more hampered there than in China, and even North Korea.

Local competitors are also opposing Google, claiming the company doesn't pay taxes or comply to South Korean trade laws. Google denied the accusations, implying that the company honors local tax laws in every country.

With the European union, Russia, and now South Korea grilling Google over alleged antitrust practices, we're leaving the comments field open for suggestions of which country will give big G a big ol' legal headache next. Any guesses?

source: WSJ

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21 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And it begins. Seriously, do these countries have any grounds to stand on with these suits? Or does it even matter since it's their court system?

11. Subie

Posts: 2416; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

They've found a way to bring in money, free money. All while saying that it's about justice for other businesses or their citizens. If we could follow where the money goes, we'd know what it's really about.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I guess it's not the people/consumers who are complaining, but the OEM's.

18. Subie

Posts: 2416; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

OEM's are free to load all the bloat they want. Read post 12.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't get these types of lawsuits. Why shouldn't a company be allowed to have their apps on their own products? Does apple, BlackBerry or ms ever get hit with these?

3. Fona13A unregistered

This shouldn't even be news-worthy, as all three (Microsoft, Apple, and Google) had been sued for their market presence. These don't mean anything because they hardly affect the company's bottom line.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes. Apple doesn't have OEM's, so bringing up apple is moot. However, Google does have OEMs, as a result google is like MS, MS has gotten hit with owning to much of the market and stifling competition products and services. I bet you are to young or forgetful the time Google threatened Motorola to loose device certification....meaning Motorola couldn't even sell the device by law...because Motorola wanted their map services to be the default map app and not googles. Moto wasn't denying google's map to be on the phone just not the default. Low and behold...google won their strong arm tatic. This is what MS faced at the turn of the century, they got hit so hard when you launched IE you got taken to a page that showed you to download other browsers as part of a 'choice' package. They couldn't bundle media play software either. So now wait and think for a second. Imagine you bought a android, you go to play a music file...and it cant, instead it leads you to the play store where you have to pick some 3rd party app that you have no idea what you are getting. Or now open the internet app, and instead of a 'choose your internet app' popup you are taken to a webpage that shows different browsers and has you install one. Yea people wouldn't be to happy.

9. Fona13A unregistered

I'm not too forgetful to remember anything s**tty Google has done, especially with that Google+ cancer, free services that get the boot despite great success. I've bought a few Android devices with botched media players (and pointed it out in reviews of said products), hell my current tablet just "plays" the music files through the File Browser and you cannot hit rewind/skip-to ANYWHERE. It doesn't bring up other options either. When I read the crap over at Engadget who senselessly defend Google, I know they never used the latest versions of Google services. Some educational material I kept track of on YouTube are either muted or flagged entirely due to (insert silly reason).

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Do you have any links about that, because I've been into Android since around 2010, and that's the first I've heard of that. I just tried to do a search on Bing and came up with nothing. Not saying it didn't happen, but I can't recall it and want to read up on it.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm in my mid forties, and I've stayed on top of Android before it was even released here in Canada. Can't say I remember reading anything about the Google/Moto issue, so I'll have to research it I suppose. From what you've said I can see how people would want to label Google as a bad guy, but for me personally I went after Android for the OS and what Google offers...and up until now I didn't even know that Moto had their own mapping app. The way I looked at it was Google supplied the software and the OEM was to handle the hardware, so I don't see a problem with Google Maps being the default because that coincides with the Google experience on Android...but if Google is preventing consumers from downloading Moto's maps as an alternative - I wouldn't look too highly on that I suppose.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Google puts their own apps on their own OS?! Such criminals! It's a good thing that Microsoft, Apple, and BlackBerry don't do the exact same thing, eh?

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Apple doesn't have OEMs and neither does blackberry, wrong idea here. MS did get hit, more than once for even including a media player because they were using market position to stop competition. Google has done the same now...it has caught up to them.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So they're expecting Android devices to ship with no apps installed at all?

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

easy fix: make newer android exclusive for google phone (google will make their own smarphone) and, watch the other OEM suffer.. lol..

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 928; Member since: May 07, 2014

An internet browser, media player, music player, calculator, file explorer, etc should be part of the OS.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly. And so far I don't see Google forcing me to use only their apps since there are alternatives for practically everything.

12. Subie

Posts: 2416; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's not the oem's that are crying foul. It's third party software suppliers that want their apps pre installed. Yandex in Russia is one such company. IMO they can start their own mobile OS and give it away to the cell phone OEMs if they want their apps pre installed. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-gets-slapped-with-a-6.8M-fine-in-Russia-for-abusing-its-market-position-with-Android_id84084

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They should rather make law to completely remove apps except the ones that are crucial to phones without root.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That would be ideal, but some governments are already trying to get their own apps preinstalled now...so I doubt we'll ever see such a law.

19. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Omg! That would be the happiest day of customers!

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just blame the OEM, they can remove google's stuff and add bloatware as much as they can.. google didn't force them to include google's apps on their phone just give google-less android to all OEM (just like all android sold in china), and forbid them to install google's apps on all smartphone with their brand.. and watch customer struggle installing playstore, maps, chrome, and other stuff on their own, lol..

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