The Federal Trade Commission has relayed that it is in the early stages of probing if Google gives priority to its own services on the Android operating System.
It’s the second time in less than three years that the FTC has investigated Google.
Google has dodged the bullet of United States regulatory action before and considering the preliminary nature of this latest investigation, this inquiry might end up the same way. This lack of ability to mix and match has been highlighted by the hardware manufacturers as a case of Google trying to keep out its competitors by leveraging its predominant market position. Officers out of your FTC have faced with different technical stiff reproduction whom insist Google has always been presenting particular attention to its private carriers and products and services upon the Android portal, said Bloomberg. In fact, Google doesn’t extract direct profits from its OS unlike its rival Apple Computers. The investigation will likely focus on Google’s long-term strategy of bundling its own software into the stock version of Android including YouTube, Maps, Chrome, Gmail, Google Play Music and Drive.
The search giant was recently involved in complaints having to do with its advertising networks. Google’s shares plunged Friday to 2.25 percent. There is competition and phone companies do not have to use Android.
“The question for Android is do they really have sufficient market power, particularly in a world where there are other mobile-phone operating systems?”
“I definitely think they are engaged in some anticompetitive behavior with Android”, Simpson said, adding that it was his opinion that the mobile operating system favors Google apps. The FTC goes further than that, but its methods are more abstract and hard to prove, said Fox News.
In recent months, a number of mobile application makers have complained to the Justice Department that the “home-screen advantage” makes it all but impossible for them to compete.