After Google proclaimed Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign to be “misleading” and “intellectually dishonest,” Microsoft continued the campaign in order to get users to ditch Gmail and Google for Microsoft’s Bing and Outlook.com email service. But the battle between the two companies continue… in Europe!
According to a new report, Microsoft-led Fairsearch Europe advocacy group has filed a complaint to the European antitrust officials claiming that Google is using Android as a means of building advantages for key Google apps in a deceptive manner. In other words, Google is giving its own apps (like YouTube and Gmail) preferences over alternatives.
“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data. We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition.
The advocacy group wants Google to be investigated for “mandating” that Android OEMs place Google apps on their home screens as part of a contractual obligation. By doing this, Google is using its Android operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners and make money.
The group also believes that Google is working in a ‘predatory’ manner by making Android free to use, which results in OEMs using Android over Windows Phone. “Google’s predatory distribution of Android at below-cost makes it difficult for other providers of operating systems to recoup investments in competing with Google’s dominant mobile platform,” the group claimed in its filing.
Funny thing is, Microsoft was accused of ‘predatory behavior’ back in April of 2011 when a settlement between Barnes & Nobles and Microsoft took place, which urged Microsoft to stop engaging in ‘predatory behavior’ towards its rivals. Microsoft was also sued back in 1990s for forcing Internet Explorer as part of Windows, similar to what this group is accusing Google of doing with Android.Further reading: Google, Microsoft