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FTC Android Antitrust Inquiry Under Consideration
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Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/27/2015 | 9:40:15 PM
Re: Maybe they're just jealous
It is a paradox, the FTC and European Commission has the expertise to identify any activity (antitrust, dumping, and non-tariff barriers, etc.) that damages the competitive market and Android is one of the most open products.

I wonder if it is possible for Google to give preferential treatment to its own services. For example, if Gmail loads a second faster on Android as compared to iOS -- iOS customers will become harder to convert.   
Scott_Dee
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9/27/2015 | 7:51:17 PM
Re: Maybe they're just jealous
My favorite quote on this subject, taken from an Ars Technica article, is that "Android is open--except for all the good parts". If you ask a typical Android device owner what Android is, they'll include the Google apps that make for such a nice experience. However, those apps are mostly proprietary. Over time, Google has replaced most of the original open source Android apps with much better ones, and you need to agree to Google terms to use those apps. Consequently, a vendor wishing to start with open source Android without agreeing to those terms needs to rebuild all those great apps, which greatly increases the expense of such an effort. The Ars Technica article is a great read and goes into far more detail. I'd provide the URL but it's not permitted. However, you can find the article by searching for "Ars Technica Google's iron grip on Android".
Gary_EL
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9/26/2015 | 3:18:52 PM
Maybe they're just jealous
Everybody forks his or her version of Android – to the extent that it's hard to find documentation that works across brands. I can download non-playstore apps if I want to, and the reason I don't is that everything I want is right there. Android is completely open, and these complaints are absurd.


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