Google's Korean office raided

Google's Korean office raided
The South Koreans have raided Google's offices in the country. The authorities there are upset about the Mountain View based firm's alleged pressuring of its OEM partners to include Google applications on their phones. Add to that the recent proposed acquisition of Motorola by Google, and you have the KFTC looking for anti-trust violations by the company.

Responding to comments that suggest that Google forces its applications on OEM's, the company said, "Android is an open platform, and carrier and OEM partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones. We do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search or Google applications on Android-powered devices."

As we reported, back home the U.S. FTC is looking into Google as well, checking out its open source mobile OS and its search engine business. As in Korea, the focus with Android in the U.S. is whether or not Google prevents phone manufacturers from using services provided from Google's competitors.

source: AllThingsD

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20 Comments

1. jhgkiu

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Korea is just jealous because they know they cant make an os that can compete with android and ios

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

they need to buy freaking WebOS, forget android and make webOS... I miss webOS...

8. tuminatr

Posts: 1104; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

raise some Venture capital and buy it from HP, wait a min the economy blows chunks no one is gonna give any start up money

3. Vzw_employee

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

That's stupid, google doesn't stop manufactures from using competitors apps, every single android device comes with yahoo mail, aol or aim, samsung even use bing as a search engine and uses bing maps instead of google maps.

4. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

As a "Vzw_employee" you should know it's not Samsung, it's goofy Verizon. lol Bing is total junk, it's not nearly as good! Why would they do that anyway! Yes it's open source, but if I were Google I wouldn't allow it. I mean they are giving away their amazing OS for free, and a lot of owners don't even know Google makes Android.

6. Vzw_employee

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Actually is samsung that one that made the decision to use bing maps and bing search, just look at samsung galaxy from tmobile, att&t, Verizon and sprint you will notice that they use bing for web search and bing maps, if you look at samsung infuse from att&t it also uses bing,

16. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

umm bro, my old T-Mo vibrant DIDN'T use Bing.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

uhh.VZW employee. you have NO IDEA what your talking about. the ONLY galaxyS in the WORLD that uses bing is the VZW fascinate. That was a VZW pressured deal because they have a partnership with MS for search royalties. Every other SGS in the world uses google search and nothing else as its main search engine. Wow.. and they wonder why people thing reps have no idea what they are talkin about. quit giving us a bad name.

19. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Amen!

5. jhgkiu

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

they want to destroy android and ios because there american os even there Ministry of Knowledge Economy, thinks that American dominance in mobile software is generally a bad thing. They know they cant touch apple so they settled for google and the funny thing about it is if you buy a LG phone it uses bing as its main search engine

7. javachris

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

What a total B.S.! American dominance? What are you smoking dude? Guess what? America has dominated the software business long before even Google existed. Ever heard about Microsoft and Apple? How about Sun and Oracle?

9. jhgkiu

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

thats what the Korean ministry of Economy said not me LOL. I agree with you

10. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Do we remember the crap with BING!? A few of samsungs devices for sure had it.. and really a lot of people voiced that they rather have google.. offer different services then ask the customers what they want. YAY problem solved.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Boy, Google is getting hammered from all sides of every ocean, ain't they? I will be surprised if these anti-trust accusations amount to anything. But, I also have zero idea how the Korean Justice system works. So, yes, I am talking out my tush. It's a web site. I can do that.

13. one korean unregistered

I heard that the person who designs google logo is korean.....

14. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

googles HQ needs to be raided as well, to find out what they are doing...

15. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

They are probably playing there Atari

17. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

What? I don't understand, I mean why won't any one want google apps on there phone, whatever their os might be.

20. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

gee... forcing someone to use their applications, not wanting anyone to have a choice... sounds more like another company to me...... ; )

21. Brad unregistered

aaaaaaaaaahahahaahahahah SHAKE them down! Greedy company. Lock em up!

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