Law in the News: Google Sued Over Claims Android Tie-Ins Hurt Competition

Google Inc. was sued over claims it abused its market power by forcing hand-held device makers that use its Android operating system to also provide the search engine company’s applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer favorites such as YouTube are “designed to maintain and extend its monopolies,” according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California. Worldwide, 78 percent of smartphones were run on Android in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to IDC. Apple Inc.’s iOS had 18 percent of the market, while Windows had 3 percent and BlackBerry Ltd. had 0.6 percent.

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