Google accused of using Android as ‘Trojan horse’ to deceive competitors
Washington: A group whose members include Microsoft, have filed a complaint against Google, saying the internet search giant’s provision of its Android operating system for free is anti-competitive ‘predatory pricing’.
In complaint filed with European regulators, Fairsearch Europe, said says Android is ‘a deceptive way to build advantages’, which aims to ‘dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile’.
The complaint comes as the European commission's antitrust chief, Joaquín Almunia, continues an investigation into Google's dominance in search that has ground on for more than two years without any clear action, the Guardian reports.
In the Fairsearch complaint, Thomas Vinje, a lawyer acting for the group, says that Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ''Trojan horse'' to deceive partners, monopolise the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data.
According to the paper, Android-powered phones make up about 70 percent of those shipped in Europe at present, though a smaller amount of the installed base.
Microsoft's Windows Phone makes up around five percent.