This may be familiar for people who remember the time when Internet Explorer was a compulsory add on by Microsoft – and there came the lawsuit that broke the entire monopoly of then CEO, Bill Gates.
Now Google has a similar situation. Google now faces a complaint from the a team of companies along with a lawsuit with two smartphone consumers.
The complaints came from Microsoft, Oracle, Nokia, Expedia and TripAdvisor, where they claim Google taking advantage of themselves being the maker of the operating system to put priority of their own app above others.
Smartphone makers like Samsung will have to install a plethora of Google-made apps together with the operating system, which in turn makes it difficult for competitors to sell their stuff.
This is not withholding the fact that Google has pushed it’s mapping and location services in a wrong manner – the mapping and location services is embedded in the operating system which does not allow any other apps to offer such services lest the consumers want to partially disable their device or get multiple notifications to reactivate the mapping and location services from Google.
Google is in the midst of attempting to dismiss the case as they have argued that the consumers are free to engage in the other services. However, this was debunked by the plaintiffs as it will require the users to know how to switch from the default settings on the smartphone that they use. That itself is not an operation that the common consumer will know unless they have a certain level of knowledge about the Android operating system.
While Google has yet to comment on the lawsuit, the consumers can rest assured that they are in good hands – the smartphone consumers who are represented by Steve Berman has great experience in taking on large companies like Apple and Toyota.
This anti-trust lawsuit threatens to reveal Google’s secrets as lawyer Steve Berman said that if this lawsuit goes to court, they will be allowed to investigate Google’s internal emails and contracts with smartphone companies as well as probing Google executives under oath.