Calling Google’s Android OS a ‘trojan horse’ used to dominate the mobile markets FairSearch posts on their blog
FairSearch.org has filed a complaint with the European Commission laying out Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.
Google’s Android is the dominant smartphone operating system, running in 70% of units shipped at the end of 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Google also dominates mobile search advertising with 96% of the market, according to eMarketer. The complaint says Google uses deceptive conduct to lockout competition in mobile.
Thank you, FairSearch, thank you.
Thank you for bringing to light how Google did that awful business practice of identifying a market need and addressing it. Thank you for calling Google to the mat for seeing that the players that USED to dominate the EU market, like Nokia and BlackBerry, had fallen asleep at the the wheel had not kept pace and thus allowed Google to execute their evil plan of giving the market what it needed to keep pace in a mobile world. Thank you.
The post continues
“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition. “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.”
Google achieved its dominance in the smartphone operating system market by giving Android to device-makers for ‘free.’ But in reality, Android phone makers who want to include must-have Google apps such as Maps, YouTube or Play are required to pre-load an entire suite of Google mobile services and to give them prominent default placement on the phone, the complaint says. This disadvantages other providers, and puts Google’s Android in control of consumer data on a majority of smartphones shipped today.
Boy oh boy, good thing another mobile powerhouse like Apple didn’t make their own Maps service or something like iTunes a pre-loaded requirement and thus making other apps virtually non-existent. Oh wait ….. well, anyway, Google is EVIL!
I kind of get where FairSearch is coming from. The companies that make up the group hate getting their butts handed to them by Google. Here’s the trouble, though. Rather than fight it out in the marketplace by developing superior products that might be better than Google’s offerings they complain that there is no room for them. It’s not like Nokia’s Symbian failure and BlackBerry’s implosion didn’t swing the door wide open for a company smart enough to take advantage of it.
Haters gonna hate, right? I am sure there will be many FairSearch apologists seeing this kind of talk as an attack on what is right and good with the world. Let them have at it because while they are crying to the umpire about a perceived bad call, Google, and Apple for that matter, are rounding the bases without interference and scoring runs at will.
Now that’s doing business the whiney way!