The European Commission (EC) is formally opening an investigation into whether Google violated antitrust laws through the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system by favoring its own services. The probe came paired with an official accusation by the EC's competition chief that the search giant had abused its power in Web searches.
Google's Android operating system is to be probed by the European Commission to assess whether the U.S. company breaches the region's anti-trust laws.
Google's Android One program, which formally kicked off in September 2014, has not had much of an impact on the market, according to a report from research firm CCS Insight. Android One is designed to give consumers in emerging markets, especially those buying their first smartphone, access to cheap, up-to-date Android phones that will receive the latest software updates from Google for up to two years.
We all know what it means when we say, "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." Usually we're referring to people or organizations who act in ways that show they clearly aren't talking to each other. It's just as bad when it happens with mobile apps--except when the tradeoff for improved communication is poor inter-app security.
A lawsuit alleging that Google was harming consumers by forcing handset makers to use its own Android apps as the default options in smartphones has been withdrawn by the plaintiffs, an action that appears to remove a cloud over Google's Android strategy.
Google is promising to boost app installs with a revamped program that will include its Display Network and video ads. However, there didn't seem to be a very enthusiastic response to the news from Android developers.
Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.
Jolla, a start-up Finnish smartphone maker, expanded into Africa through a deal to supply Namibian operator TN Mobile through third party distributor LexConsult.
Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Further, Microsoft struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services key real estate on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.