Wednesday April 10, 2013

BRUSSELS (AP) -- A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google’s dominance of Internet usage on mobile devices.

The complaint comes from the "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies, including Microsoft Corp., Nokia Corp., and Oracle Corp. The group claims that Google is acting unfairly by requiring device makers using its free Android operating system to bundle an entire suite of Google’s services to ensure they can include just one or two "must-have" apps, such as Google Maps and YouTube.

"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, the group’s attorney.

Android operating systems are installed on about 70 percent of new smartphones, according to analyst estimates.

Google Inc. did not address the complaint’s charges in detail. "We continue to work cooperatively with the European Commission," Google spokesman Al Verney said.


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