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A new report suggests that the agency has opened a new antitrust investigation concerning Android.

According to Bloomberg, "FTC officials have met with technology company representatives who say Google gives priority to its own services on the Android platform, while restricting others, added the people, who asked for anonymity because the matter is confidential.”

It shows the FTC is again turning its attention to one of America’s biggest companies, two years after it closed a separate investigation into Google’s Internet search business. The FTC’s handling of the earlier probe left some technology companies skeptical of the agency’s willingness to bring a case, according to the people.

Right now in the US, Google’s Android operating system accounts for 59 per cent of smartphones and tablets.

Most of these Android devices come bundled with Google’s own services. Back when Windows 7 launched, Microsoft faced some trouble in the EU due to bundling Internet Explorer with the OS without providing competing options. There may be similarities between the scrutiny Microsoft faced back then and what Google is going through now.

Source 1: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/09/report-feds-investigating-if-googles-android-violates-antitrust-rules/
Source 2: http://www.kitguru.net/channel/generaltech/matthew-wilson/the-us-is-investigating-google-for-anti-competitive-behaviour/
Source 3: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-25/google-said-to-be-under-u-s-antitrust-scrutiny-over-android-iezf41sg
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funny they never pick on apple for bundling safari but its always about the other companies
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i mean really?

who's anti-trusty now?

and i'm certain all the applications on a windows pc are microsofts.
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i mean really?

who's anti-trusty now?

and i'm certain all the applications on a windows pc are microsofts.

because games and 99% of the software runs on windows
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As long as AOSP doesn't come with Google apps preloaded, I'm not sure what the Fed's case here really is. The entire point of AOSP is to prevent this type of litigation from being successful. Google can prove it does not prebundle Android apps pretty conclusively. It is the phone manufacturer that controls what Android comes installed with, is it not?
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because games and 99% of the software runs on windows

because we are talking bundled applications.

what are you on about?
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I don't get it, doesnt Apple do this to an even greater extent? I've read so many new stories of Apps being banned from the App Store because they competed with a proprietary Apple app/service.
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I don't get it, doesnt Apple do this to an even greater extent? I've read so many new stories of Apps being banned from the App Store because they competed with a proprietary Apple app/service.

apple probably plays ball with the gumment.

google probably not

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funny they never pick on apple for bundling safari but its always about the other companies

That was exactly what I was thinking.
Why are they going all over google and android, when apple are doing 100% exactly the same. They bundle their phones with iTunes as the only verified store, with their own music player only, with safari as the only usable browser, with only apple maps etc etc.

This in general just bulls.
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Apple gets away with it because A) no one really cares about apple's tiny market share outside of the mobile sector and B) apple is more than willing to sell data it pulls from rabid iOS fans to the only people who actually could do anything to stop it.
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