John Riberio writing for PCWorld: Europe files antitrust charges against Google over Android’s licensing requirements. This really rings of the anti trust suit, United States v. Microsoft Corp..
I’ll start things off by saying two things:
- I’m not a lawyer.
- I’m not privy to every detail of the case.
And with that I’ll continue by saying, how do some operating systems run afoul of these sort of things and others do not? Safari is bundled with OS X and iOS and no one seems to complain, despite other browsers being available for both platform. Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer with every version of it’s operating system from their day in court up until the day it was rebranded as Edge and that continues.
Android’s EU case is a bit more nuanced, because it argues that Google is strong arming the other companies that do business through the Android system to include Chrome as opposed to anything else. And to that I say: so what? Nothing in the filing claims that there is evidence that Google is keeping people from installing different browsers or non-Google applications on their devices after the fact. And, I’ll beg a little forgiveness for ignorance but, isn’t it Google’s commercial implantation of it’s own operating system?
From the article:
“Our concern is that, by requiring phone makers and operators to pre-load a set of Google apps, rather than letting them decide for themselves which apps to load, Google might have cut off one of the main ways that new apps can reach customers,” Vestager said.
So Google can’t load it’s own applications on it’s own operating system?
It’s not hard for a user to download a new browser to Android, nor is it challenging for a user to change their default search engine. And if a user is satisfied with the applications that come with their device and don’t seek out something else because of dissatisfaction, who cares?
I do use Google Documents to collaborate with my podcast team and team also uses a Gmail account for communication, but personally, I actively avoid using Google services. Personally, I don’t trust them. However, the arguments I’m seeing leveled at them don’t seem legitimate.