Skyhook Sues Google Over Business Practices
Sep 16, 2010, 7:11 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Skyhook Wireless filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that Google interfered with a contract between Motorola and Skyhook that cost Skyhook tens of millions of dollars. Motorola had signed an agreement with Skyhook to use its location technology to help with the GPS services embedded in its Android smartphones. According to Skyhook, Google called Motorola and said that Google would not approve of any Motorola Android phones that shipped with Skyhook's technology. Motorola eventually switched to Google's location technology. Skyhook has accused Google of strong-arming handset makers to use its location technology in Android handsets rather than location technology offered by Google's competitors. Part of the complaint read, "Though Google claims the Android OS is open source … Google is effectively creating a closed system with respect to location positioning." Skyhook also accused Google of interfering with a deal between it and an unnamed handset maker earlier this year. Neither Motorola nor Google have commented on the lawsuit.
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