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Europe’s antitrust chief confirms Android objections

TechCrunch TechCrunch 20/04/2016 Natasha Lomas

Europe’s antitrust chief has just confirmed the Commission is stepping up an ongoing investigation into Google’s Android mobile OS, issuing a Statement of Objections today.

The move comes a year after the EC announced an in-depth probe into Android rivals’ concerns that Google is using its mobile plaform as a ‘trojan horse’ to push adoption of its other apps and services, such as Google search.

“That tie between [Google’s] Play [app] Store and other [Google] apps is what we see as a very problematic behaviour,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, speaking during a press conference today.

Google now has 12 weeks to respond to the Statement of Objections. Vestager stressed this is an interim step in the process of probing whether the Commission considers Android to be in violation of regional antitrust rules.

“I will obviously carefully consider Google’s argument before determining how to proceed,” she said.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this post with their response.

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