In a antitrust complaint filed with the European Commission, Aptoide, a Portuguese company that runs a marketplace for mobile applications, claims that Google is abusing its dominant position in the smartphone market to push users away from app stores that rival its own, Google Play.
Google doesn’t have much time left to find a way to settle antitrust allegations from the European Union before it’s hit with a massive fine. Read on!
Though it’s possible Samsung could simply walk away from the talks with no penalty, it’s not likely. If the EU finds that Samsung willingly violated FRAND guidelines, there will certainly be penalties.
Google just can’t seem to catch a break. According to a report by the New York Post, the search giant’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Israel-based mapping service Waze has prompted an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Apple’s iPhone carrier deals are under examination in Europe for potential antitrust abuse, although no formal investigation has begun.
Earlier today, the FTC wrapped up a 19-month investigation of Google’s business practices (which we have covered extensively), agreeing not to bring charges against the company. There is a catch, however.
The settlement talks between Google and FTC could be nearing an end, as Google has agreed to voluntarily address FTC’s concerns regarding its search practices.
Google has been under fire from various government agencies around the world lately who are investigating antitrust lawsuits against the company. Now Google is said to be considering whether to settle with U.S. authorities over how it has handled its mobile patents.
The FTC is moving forward in pursuing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Google on the grounds that they used their position on top of the search market to hurt their competition.
It seems Google is not off the hook in the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into whether the company violated antitrust laws in prioritizing its own services in search results. The FTC intends to decide by year-end whether it will pursue legal action against Google for anti-competitive practices.