Google being hit with anti-competition complaints and investigations is really nothing new. This time it’s South Korea doing the investigating.
South Korea’s antitrust regulator conducted an on-site inspection of the Seoul headquarters of Google to determine whether Google was engaged in anti-competitive practices. Specifically, South Korea is looking at if Google forced phone manufacturers that utilize Android on their devices to not sell products utilizing other operating systems.
This is the second time Google has come under the scrutiny of South Korea’s antitrust regulator. In 2013, Google was investigated due to complaints of Google forcing Android manufacturers to pre-load it’s search engine on handsets. Surprisingly, Google was cleared of any wrongdoing.