Following a five year investigation into Googles business practices the European Union has accused the search engine of anti-competitive behavior in their shopping comparison service. This is due to Googles “promotion of its own shopping links”.
If true this could be the beginning of a long legal process resulting in a large fine as seen before with companies such as Microsoft being challenged by the EU. The investigation was triggered by companies such as TripAdvisor and Microsoft complaining about the search engines abuse of power.
As expected Google denies any wrong doing as stated by their search chief Amit Singhal in their blog: “While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways – and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark,”
However in another turn of events the EU has also begun to investigate their Android mobile operating system. This is followed by claims that Google encourages handset makers to install their software onto the devices, bundle Google apps with them so they can install others and that they hinder device makers producing “forked” versions of Android. These are versions which are based on the Android Open Source Project code. We can see such examples in Microsfts Android based operating system for their Nokia X phone.
Once again Google defens their actions in the statement: “Our app distribution agreements make sure that people get a great ‘out of the box’ experience with useful apps right there on the home screen. This also helps manufacturers of Android devices compete with Apple, Microsoft and other mobile ecosystems that come preloaded with similar baseline apps.”
The search giant also is facing investigations from India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Argentina.