DOJ could investigate Google's demands from phone manufacturers to use certain Android apps

DOJ could investigate Google's demands from phone manufacturers to use certain Android apps
Google could end up the subject of a federal probe, according to a report in today's New York Post. The United States Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, spoke in front of lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and said that the Department of Justice could investigate Google for anti-competitive behavior.

Google was cleared in 2013 after the FTC investigated Google's search business over a 20-month period. According to two sources who were at the hearing, Delrahim told senators that any new investigation could focus on how Google does business with its open source Android mobile operating system. A DOJ investigation could determine whether Google demands that phone manufacturers using Android favor certain Google apps, including Google Search and the Google Chrome Browser.

Google does offer Android for free, but that wouldn't necessarily stop the company from requesting that phone manufacturers favor Google's apps over those from third party developers. Back in July, the European Commission fined Google $5.04 billion for requiring Android phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome. The EC also said that Google was paying phone builders to include only Google's search engine on their handsets, and blocked manufacturers from selling phones powered by a version of Android not approved by the search giant. Now, the DOJ is threatening to bring Google up on similar charges in the U.S.

source: NYPost

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12 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 935; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Google should just drop android as a distribution open source with free license and make these manufacturers scramble their own OS and ecosystem. Biting the hand that feeds you should have consequences. I’m appalled by this entitlement mentality of manufacturers demanding something from google when they got an entire ecosystem for free. They would be where Microsoft mobile is if it wasn’t for google.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

But how else would Google sift all that glorious data “legally” without Android distribution?

4. Vokilam

Posts: 935; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

True, but if google can’t force their own “data-collecting” software onto all android devices - then it’s the same.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 5916; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I use a brand new Google account in my main Android device and I'm astounded by Google's capacity to learn and mine personal data.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Android doesn't need any of them. It established now. Google and Samsung could become full partners and Samsung supply all hardware and be the only Android oem and they could make both Galaxy and Google specific vanilla devices as well. That would put all the rest of them out of business because devs aren't going to support more than 2 or 3 platforms. They can all ho back to Symbian. Ungrateful heathens

9. Fred3

Posts: 289; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Google is creating their own OS called Fuchsia

3. mrochester

Posts: 931; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

This is very good news. Slap down the highly anti-competitive google.

5. Vokilam

Posts: 935; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I don’t think this is anti-competitive. This is googles product, if you want to use it for free - these are the rules or do your own work like Apple and create your own ecosystem.

6. deewinc

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

True. Android is Google's product. The same way Apple has greater control of it's ecosystem. Otherwise, they should target manufacturers who bundle uninstallable bloatware in phones.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30516; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If they’re demanding, then it’s a reason, and that reason ain’t consumer friendly.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3663; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I could care less about the innocuous data Google collects but would be nice to not have poor apps like Gmail, chrome and hangouts preloaded.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If these whiny crybaby OEMa don't want to use Google apps then don't. In fact, don't use Android. Just make your own platform and you don't have to worry about it. Google allowing you use their platform for free, meaning you have to give preferential treatment to a Google apps, should not be an issue. If someone tells me, you can drive my car as much as you want and all you have to do is keep routine maintenence on it and try not to tear it up, that seems to be a small. Price to pay. Or I should get my own car if I feel. It's to much. There is nothing to investigate unless Google is doing something behind their backs. This is Android, if you want to. Use it you must install Google versions of an app and you can still include your own. So. What if Google Search is default. People are going ro use it anyways as default even if you have your own. As Apple. The Government needs to be investigating its own people like Trump and his tax evasion and lies, and paying off pornstars and asking Russia to hack us.

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