Antitrust Lawsuit Targets Google Search on Android
Google has been socked with a nationwide antitrust lawsuit filed by consumer advocate lawyers. The law firm, Hagens Berman, alleges that Google illegally manipulated the market for mobile search through its Mobile Application Distribution Agreement. Google gives the Android operating system away for free, but in order to take advantage of Google Services handset makers have to sign the MADA. Google preloads its own apps, including Search, YouTube, Gmail, Play Store, and others, on Android devices made by companies that have signed the MADA. The lawyers suggest Google used the MADA to force its services onto Android devices and into the hands of consumers, rather than allow them to choose - and artificially raised handset prices in the process. "Anyone can use Android without Google and anyone can use Google without Android," said Google in a statement provided to Reuters. "Since Android's introduction, greater competition in smartphones has given consumers more choices at lower prices." Nokia, now owned by Microsoft, has done exactly this with the Nokia X family of handsets, which run Android but don't include Google Services. Nokia chose to substitute Microsoft's services for Google's. It's unclear what resolution Hagens Berman expects to achieve with the lawsuit.
Google Search for Android Gains Offline Mode
Google has made it possible for Google Search to work even when the device goes offline. The latest build of Search for Android can store Google searches if a phone loses its network connection.
Google Adjusts Google Now Cards and Search
Google has updated the appearance of its Google Now and Google Search tools on Android devices to match the company's new design motif. First and foremost, the apps adopt the new logo and font changes Google made earlier this week.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
What I feel is antitrust behavior from google is them blocking youtube access from Microsoft.