Microsoft and others file EU antitrust complaint over Android app bundling

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A group of companies including Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle has filed a new antitrust complaint in the EU, alleging that Google’s Android mobile OS gives an unfair advantage to the company’s mobile applications. The group, called Fairsearch Europe, states in a press release that while the core Android OS is free, OEMs that want to license Google’s mobile apps like Maps, YouTube, or the Play store, need to take the whole Google Apps suite and give it “prominent default placement on the phone.” The group adds that Google’s “predatory” practice of offering Android “below-cost” also makes it difficult for competing software makers to recoup their investments. The New York Times points out that regulators will need to respond to the…

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