Google Seeks to Dismiss Android Antitrust Lawsuit

Posted by at 7:24 am on December 18, 2014

Android LogoGoogle is hoping to convince a San Jose judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. over its app-bundling practices on Android smartphones.

Two plaintiffs allege Google restricts the use of competing apps, made by companies such as Microsoft, in favor of its own apps and services on Android handsets. For example, Google is the default search engine on Android handsets, rather than Microsoft’s Bing. Google believes the suit should be dismissed because consumers are free to use whichever apps they want. The plaintiffs disagree, stating most people don’t know how to change the default apps, and many of those who do won’t go through the trouble of doing it.

The plaintiffs argued Google apps “are widely used on Android by requiring default placement and other mechanisms for disadvantaging competing apps.”

Reuters reports that if the lawsuit is allowed to move forward, lawyers will gain access to internal emails and contracts between Google and its handset partners. The initial hearing is set to take place later today.

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