Google whacked with another monopoly moan
Another day, another nation
Google has been hit with yet another competition complaint - this one accusing the search and ad giant of abusing its dominant position for mobile operating systems.
Two South Korean companies - NHN, which runs the country's largest search engine, and Daum Communications - have complained to the Fair Trade Commission of the Republic of Korea.
The two complain that Google is using its Android operating system market share unfairly to exclude other application makers who cannot get their software pre-loaded onto the phones. About seven out of ten new phones sold in Korea run on Android.
NHN told the FT: “Smartphones using the Android operating system have Google’s search engine installed as a default navigation tool while they are systematically designed to make it virtually impossible to switch to another option.”
The openess, or closedness, of Android is causing confusion more widely - with Google claiming Android is both open and closed.
Google faces more complaints in Europe - where Microsoft has made a competition complaint.
US regulators are also looking at Google, with both the FTC and DoJ considering action.
South Korea is also investigating Google's mass slurp of Wi-Fi data as part of its Street View scheme. ®
Daum Communications & NHN
"Software giant Microsoft has reached a USD 30 million settlement with South Korean portal Daum Communications .. The deal also represents the start of a closer working alliance between Microsoft and Daum .. The deal also includes Microsoft's new online alliance with Daum"
"Software maker Microsoft Corp. will align with local Internet company NHN Corp., to integrate the Korean company's Web search technology in its software products, NHN said yesterday"
Bing, Yahoo!, and of course others that are country specific like Korea or China.
And that's the point.
Remember the huge advantage Microsoft had with its IE and the fact that it came preloaded?
Replace Microsoft with Google, and IE with Search.
Once Google is judged to be a monopoly, the laws and rules change.
Typical of The Register
The fact is, Google is no better than Apple or MS: massive companies, whose sole intent are massive profits.
The Register's brainwashing of simple minds over the years has resulted in delusional sheep following the Google-Way-Of-Life.
Please stop excreting Google's 'open-source' credentials, just remember that you've been duped! lol.