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Google's Korean office raided

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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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posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:13 3

1. jhgkiu (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:16 1

2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 00:02

8. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 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

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:26

3. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 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.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:34 2

4. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 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.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 22:45

6. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 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,

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:01

16. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:43 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:08 1

19. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:36 1

5. jhgkiu (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 Aug 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

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 23:39 1

7. javachris (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Dec 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?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 00:09

9. jhgkiu (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 00:45

10. vantenkiest (Posts: 313; Member since: 20 Apr 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.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 01:00

11. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 05:01

13. one korean (unregistered)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 06:14

14. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 06:47 1

15. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

They are probably playing there Atari

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:18

17. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:47

20. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 14:07

21. Brad (unregistered)

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

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