“The Android mobile operating system helped usher in the era of cheap smartphones and gives consumers greater choice over apps than Apple’s iOS, Google argued today in a response to an antitrust complaint from European regulators,” Tom Brant reports for PC Magazine. “Google insisted its practice of pre-installing its own suite of apps on Android smartphones and tablets is easily reversible by end users and doesn’t prevent device manufacturers from pre-installing their own rival apps.”

“The filing was an official answer to a European Commission investigation into anti-competitive Android practices opened last April,” Brant reports. “The Commission is focusing on three potentially illegal practices: Google’s requirement that manufacturers exclusively pre-install its own apps; preventing developers from installing ‘Android forks;’ and bundling of certain services to hinder rivals.”

“It’s basically an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you go with AOSP and launch with no Google services, or choose Google and bundle all the apps its requires,” Brant reports. “If Google loses, it could face a penalty of $7.5 billion, or 10 percent of its annual revenue…”

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MacDailyNews Take: Behold the splendor of Google’s so-called “open” platform, which is nothing of the sort.

Google’s Android is a stolen product. Google, Alphabet, whatever should be brought up on charges for abusing anyone who’s ever had to try to use Android, their iPhone wannabe that’ll never be. After all, which iPhone rival roped in the most suckers? The one that looked the most like an iPhone, of course.

The fact of the matter is that main reason why Google, Samsung et al. were able to sell phones and tablets at all was because they made fake iPhones and fake iPads designed to fool the unwitting (who are now finally waking up in droves, by the way) in much the same way as how Microsoft et al. profited wildly from upside-down and backwards fake Macs at the end of the 20th century. Google, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, et al. are the Microsofts, HPs, Dells, and eMachines of the new century.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

SEE ALSO:
EU charges Google rigs global market for Android mobile apps – April 20, 2016
The Android bubble bursts as Europeans flock to Apple’s iPhone – September 2, 2015
Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone – September 2, 2015
Android fanboy actually uses an iPhone for 2 months, dumps Android phone – August 11, 2015
Apple iPhone sees highest switching rate from Android ever recorded – August 10, 2015
Nomura ups Apple to ‘Buy’ on strong iPhone growth, increasing Android switchers – July 31, 2015
Significant Android to iPhone switching weakens market for Samsung Galaxy S6 – March 24, 2015
Analyst: Android switchers fueling iPhone growth; Android users even more interested in Apple Watch than iOS users – March 23, 2015
Over 85% of new iPhone sales are switchers, mostly from Android – January 30, 2015
Google’s Android: The Fisher Price of smartphones, training wheels for Apple’s iPhone – May 2, 2014