Also Korean watchdog is investigating abuse of power Android
Following In the footsteps of the European Commission also conducts a South Korean regulator carried out an investigation into possible abuse of power with the Google Android operating system.
The guard dog has the same concerns as the Commission in Brussels: competition on the smartphone market is restricted by exclusivity agreements between Google and smartphonemakers Samsung. That reports the newspaper Joongang Daily on Tuesday.
It was inter alia agreed that Google different apps by default should be included on all Android smartphones. It is also for smartphonemakers prohibited on the basis of the opensourcecode of Android, its own operating system, without the apps from Google.
Google has not yet responded to the Korean research. In the European case, denies the company that there has been abuse of power. It points to Google on the strong competition of Apple on the smartphone market, and the fact that smartphonemakers in addition to the Google apps own apps and third-party apps may provide.
In 2013 joined the South Korean watchdog FTC is already an investigation into Android, without formal complaint, but the organization says the research to resume as more details about the agreement between Google and Samsung have come to light. Therefore, there is still reason to worry.
The European Commission has provisionally concluded that Google is guilty of abuse of power with Android, but there is still an extensive research. In Russia, Google has already had a penalty been given in a similar Android case.
In South Korea have Android phones more than 80 percent of the smartphone market in its hands. Due to the popularity of Android is also the market share of Google’s search engine in the country has grown significantly, to 37 percent. The search engine of the South Korean company Naver is still bigger than Google in the country.