US regulators probe Google's Android: report

September 25, 2015

US regulators are launching an anti-competition probe into Google's Android operating system, the software that runs most of the world's smartphones, Bloomberg News said Friday.

The Federal Trade Commission has agreed with the US Justice Department that it will lead the investigation, Bloomberg said, citing two people familiar with the matter who were not identified.

Rival technology companies allege that Google gives priority to its own services on Android while restricting those of competitors, the report said.

The probe was at a preliminary stage and could yet end without a case against Google, Bloomberg said.

Contacted by AFP, Google and the FTC declined to comment.

"FTC investigations are non-public and we do not comment on an investigation or the existence of an investigation," and FTC spokesman said.

Android runs more than 80 percent of the world's smartphones, according to International Data Corp., and it usually comes bundled with Google applications including an Internet browser, email and maps.

The US Federal Trade Commission has had Google in its sights before.

In 2013, the regulator said it had no legal case against Google after an 18-month probe into allegations it had engaged in anti-competitive abuse of its dominance in Internet searches.

The commission said it had secured commitments from Google to end its "most troubling practices."

Explore further: India's antitrust probe into Google moves into next phase

Related Stories

US Google ruling has no impact on EU probe: Brussels

January 4, 2013

The decision by US authorities to close down an 18-month anti-trust investigation into Internet giant Google has no bearing on what the EU will do with its own probe, the European Commission said Friday.

EU says eager to 'finalize' probe into Google market abuse

April 16, 2015

The European Union said Thursday formal charges were filed in an anti-trust case against Google to speedily resolve allegations the tech titan abuses its search engine's market dominance, and that the case could lead to further ...

Google may return to China with Android app shop: report

September 5, 2015

Google is talking with Chinese authorities and smartphone makers about opening an online shop in China stocked with applications for Android-powered mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Recommended for you

Coffee-based colloids for direct solar absorption

March 22, 2019

Solar energy is one of the most promising resources to help reduce fossil fuel consumption and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to power a sustainable future. Devices presently in use to convert solar energy into thermal ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.