FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Sep 25, 2015, 6:11 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have agreed to explore potential anticompetitive behavior on Google's part. Some companies have complained that Google uses Android to win online advertising placement by favoring it over that of its competitors. The investigation is in the early stages and may not lead to charges, according to Bloomberg's sources. Google did not immediately comment on the report. The government conducted a similar investigation into Google's search practices on Android last year. Google also faced claims that its app-bundling behaviors were anticompetitive. That matter has not yet been resolved.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Nov 18, 2020
Google today launched a major revamp of its Google Pay app with a new interface and several major new features. Instead of a stack of cards and list of transactions, the new interface centers around the people and businesses you exchange money with, with a conversation-style interface for each person, group, and business.
Nov 12, 2020
TikTok will remain available and in business in the US for now, as the Commerce Department finally announced today that it will not enforce the order — that was set to go into effect today — which would have effectively shut down the app in the US. The new deadline from the Commerce Department is November 27th.
Nov 18, 2020
Apple today announced the "App Store Small Business Program", which amounts to a major reduction of the company's controversial 30% commission from app developers. Starting January 1, 2021, businesses earning $1 million or less in annual proceeds can apply for the program and enjoy a reduced commission of 15% on paid apps and in-app purchases, instead of the usual 30%.
Mar 30, 2021
The US Federal Trade Commission has decided not to appeal its antitrust case against Qualcomm to the US Supreme Court, effectively ending the matter in Qualcomm's favor. The FTC sued in 2017, claiming that the way Qualcomm links the sales of baseband processors with patent licensing amounts to anticompetitive behavior and unfair business practices.