|The local media reports inform that the tech giant is facing an investigation by the antitrust regulator into Google’s Android operating system and its alleged abuse of market dominance. Officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission inspected Google’s offices in Seoul a few days ago. Apparently, this was part of a probe into whether Google is unfairly forcing smartphone manufacturer to use its Android OS.
The South Korean inspection followed the European Commission antitrust charge, which was filed against Google’s advertising business and reinforced an existing charge against its shopping service. Besides, the European Commission has also filed charges against Android OS and gave Google a 6-week extension to respond.
It should be mentioned the Korean Fair Trade Commission has investigated the tech giant before: 5 years ago it filed charges over complaints by the local search engine operators that Google was forcing handset makers to preload its search app on their smartphones running Android. However, after a 2-year investigation, Google was cleared of wrongdoing, with the Commission concluding that its share of the local search engine market was insignificant and therefore couldn’t threaten fair competition.
Indeed, unlike in Europe, Google only has 1/10 of the search market in South Korea, where local players Naver and Daum dominate. However, Google’s Android platform has a bigger presence in the smartphone sector, used both by the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung, and local rival LG. Overall, more than 1.4bn devices worldwide run Android, making it the market leader by a large margin.
Monday, July 25th, 2016
|Google gets raided because they are spies in the host country.|
|google gets raided because they're theives ! plain and simple....the mafia didn't run a racket as big as this|
|posted by (2016-07-28 11:53:54)|
|ET logged me out after I took too much time responding to this article. I don't remember what I wrote... lol||
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