As we are painfully aware, Blackberry was required to sell a portion of it’s soul to Google to bring the Priv and coming Android devices to market. In order to install Android on it’s devices, Google requires phone makers to install its apps in return for access to Google’s Play Store. Google also requires manufacturers to preinstall its own search service and its Chrome browser, which prevents them from selling devices running on competing versions of Android based on open source code, and gives financial incentives to phone makers and carriers that exclusively preinstall Google search.
To protect the consumer by allowing better competition, and allow companies like BlackBerry to better compete in the market place by distinguishing itself from other phone manufacturers, Margrethe Vestager of the European Commission has some things to say about this.
“We believe that Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules,” Margrethe Vestager, head of the EU antitrust watchdog known as the European Commission, said in a statement of objection sent to Google.
Google has 12 weeks to respond.
Bravo, Margrethe Vestager! Our UTB hats are off to you.
We wish you success in battling this obnoxious giant, and we hope that you set an example for your antitrust counterparts world wide.