Google, Inc. will again be investigated over antitrust issues by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The investigation continues to be within this early stages and definitely not problem continues to be delivered contrary to the enterprise.
Two years ago, the FTC settled its last investigation with Google over Web search disputes.
In 2013, Google was at vacated in another FTC explore into possible anticompetitive habits linked to its Internet quest solutions. Different technology company representatives have complained to FTC officials that Google gives undue preference to its own services on its Android operating system for mobiles which means that it restricts others unfairly.
The allegations stem from the current insistence of the search engine major Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) that hardware manufacturers pre install certain of its mobile apps into their hardware device as a prerequisite for being powered by Android O.S. In its defence, the software maker has pointed out that its parallel operating system called the Android Open Source Project does not insist that apps would not be required to be preinstalled. The FTC and the Justice Department, which both have mandates to enforce antitrust laws, use the clearance process to decide which one is best suited to lead a particular investigation.
To companies that had hoped the FTC would challenge Googles practices, the decision came as a disappointment. Google also spends a lot of dosh on lobbying.
One company questioning Google’s tactics is Disconnect.
Googles competitors were using the leaked document to “sow confusion and undermine the FTCs conclusions”, Googles director of public policy, Johanna Shelton wrote to the FTC on March 23. The FTC did not respond to a request for comment on reports of a new investigation.
Microsoft and the Justice Department, for example, reached a settlement in 2001, three years after the US filed an antitrust complaint related to the company’s bundling of its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system. The watch dog group will see whether that practice harms developers of rival applications, and if it hurts manufacturers that build Android phones but may have their own rival apps.