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Antitrust Lawsuit Targets Google Search on Android

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May 2, 2014, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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May 2, 2014, 11:26 AM

It appears

I'm not the only one who is concerned about what Google is doing with GMS.
They offer good products, and I'm okay with them preloading it on android, just as apple preloads their stuff on the iPhone.

What I feel is antitrust behavior from google is them blocking youtube access from Microsoft.
It appears that another group of parasitic ambulance chasing lawyers are trying to reach into some deep pockets and hope for a settlement. Settlement, because the law suit would have no chance with a jury.
I can smell out of court settlement. That's what these lawyers live for.
seem to understand what is going on with GMS. You just assume that this another group trying to get some cash out of a big company. But you're oblivious to what is actually wrong with what Google is doing.
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