The law suit centres around the fact that Microsoft believe that Google is “pushing” its services such as YouTube and Google Maps onto mobile devices running with the Android software.
Microsoft, Nokia and 15 other technology companies have filed the law suit under a single group name known as FairSearch and is arguing that Google is taking advantage of its position of dominance in the mobile market.
Thomas Vinje, the lawyer speaking for the FairSearch group told the BBC: “We are asking the commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market.”
He added: “Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system.”
Increasingly users are turning to mobile devices to access infomration with many predicting that by 2015 more information will be gathered from the internet and social media sites on mobile devices than on conventional desktop computers.
Currently Android devices are the most popular on the market and account for 70 percent of all those that are in use. Because of this market dominance the FairSearch group claim that Google are operating a “trojan horse” campaign by offering the Android software for nothing for phone makers but then making them use their features such as YouTube and Google Maps on the devices.
Only last week six different European data protection agencies, including the UK and France, threatened legal
action if Google did not make changes to its policy.
Google have responded to the claims of them trying to dominate the mobile market with the simple statement: “We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission.”
Google may be one of the most powerful companies on the planet but it looks like they may have to alter their ways if they are to continue to be trusted, not only by users, but also by governments around the world who are increasingly looking into there methods.