“In one questionnaire seen by Reuters, respondents were asked whether there was a requirement set by Google, written or unwritten, that they not pre-install apps, products or services on mobile devices that compete with Google software like its search engine, app store and maps,” Chee and Oreskovic report. “While any company is free to use the open-source Android as they choose, mobile handset makers that want to use the newest version must sign a contract that stipulates a minimum number of Google services be pre-installed on devices, according to a third source, a former Google executive with knowledge of the matter.”
“The European Commission is likely to start a formal probe into Android once it wraps up an investigation into whether Google ranks its own services higher than those of its rivals in search results, according to the two people with knowledge of the matter,” Chee and Oreskovic report. “One of the sources said going after Android would help stem a growing chorus of complaints.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple takes the world’s best customers, the bulk of the profits, and leaves the mid-low end with its attendant unit share and antitrust headaches to Google. Genius!