Mobile OSs Google faces EU charge over Android 'abuse of dominance'

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  1. lowendlinux Contributor

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36092441

    Go get them EU!! How about a couple billion in fines and the immediate ceasing of any anti-competitive practices.
     
  2. Klyster, Apr 21, 2016
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    Just leave the EU Google, let them enjoy the choice of Apple and Microsoft. How dare Google want their search engine in their products....Sheesh!
    What's happening to Europe?
     
  3. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    I can see both sides of the argument to be fair.
     
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    That is a bit selfish to those of us within the EU that enjoy using Googles services.

    It is also a huge market that Google would not want to lose.
     
  5. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I realise that, and I don't really want you to suffer, I'm just ranting :)

    The EU might notice if Google said "right then, see ya, bye..."

    It'll never happen cos they could pay a 2B fine and still be making money but I'd love it if they did, don't like our products and terms, find something else...good luck.

    What are Google doing that is so wrong, really?
    Why is the rest of the world not following suite and yelling foul too?
    Who stands to gain from this? The people? I'd guess he majority wouldn't notice whatever happens....
     
  6. lowendlinux thread starter Contributor

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    It prevents manufacturers from shipping phones or tablets without GMS that's the inherent problem. If I want ship a lower dollar handset with say AOSP and fdroid they can and will prevent me from shipping my upmarket phones with GMS. AOSP is an Apache and GPL2 licensed OS and they should not be able to control whether on OEM ships AOSP or full Android.

    Google can KMA and leave Europe maybe if they do we'll actually have a vibrant world wide mobile market. Tizen, Sailfish, Ubuntu, Android, WinMo and iOS all healthy and competing sounds way better than Android v iOS.
     
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    I wish they would go after apple too and make them allow better integration of third party services to replace iCloud! Default applications too

    Haven't read enough about Google v Eu to really have an opinion though
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    You maybe missing the point of why this is an EU issue however. It's simply because Google allow other manufacturers to licence Android OS. Part of that licence is the insistence of certain google services to be mandatory.

    The EU has decided that this is mandatory implementation of certain google apps within the licence is unfair. That if it's going to licence its OS - it should not force certain apps and services on OEM's and they should be able to choose whether they want to implement them or not. It's being uncompetitive to the OEM's.

    Apple does not licence IOS and therefore doesn't fall under the same remit. It's only being uncompetitive with itself ....
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    Again your missing the point. There is no reason why an OEM couldn't use Google as it's search engine and include all the google services if it 'opted to'. However currently it doesn't 'opt' it is 'told' to do so. The EU just see that distinction as uncompetitive to those OEM's. They should in it's eyes be allowed to choose what services they want to put on their version of the OS.

    The reality is with a bit of tweaking to the licence, at this stage its very unlikely that ANY oem would suddenly stop using googles services or embedding them deeply into Android OS as those services cost HUGE amounts of money to set up and implement. If google choose to make the installation of its services optional - the reality is in all likelihood all the OEMs would still use them regardless.
     
  9. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Fair enough indeed I can see that

    I'm not sure I understand the difference between apple and the forced decoupling of IE from Windows though.

    I have a problem with the inability to downgrade ios devices too, that's really only prevalent in gaming systems.
     
  10. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Same issue. Microsoft Windows OS is licensed to third party OEM's - therefore forcing them to use it is seen as uncompetitive.

    Apple once again doesn't licence it's OS to anyone else, its tied to its own hardware. Therefore it doesn't fall under the same remit.
     
  11. gotluck, Apr 21, 2016
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    Ugh that is very frustrating from a consumer perspective. Apple just gets to say, fine don't buy it. Not fair IMO

    If it is really about consumer protection apple is just skating around the issue and given a free pass. Sounds like it is about protecting Oems. I didn't realize that was the intention.
     
  12. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    As with everything with the EU - the 'initial' intention often gets lost in translation and it becomes more of an exercise in bureaucracy and red tape than anything else.
     
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    To be fair? There is only one side.
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    Do you even THINK before saying?
     
  14. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Wonder if the EU is being idiotic or they have some ulterior motive. When I buy a Samsung Android device I get two different browsers and searches which I can replace with a different default or disable. When I buy an iOS device I'm locked into using the Apple app and have no way to change the default or disable.
     
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    Ios is on another level when it comes to stripping user rights away indeed. No other mainstream, consumer os comes close. Only gaming consoles.
     
  16. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    But once again that's not the issue. Apple does not license any of its software for other OEM's to utilise - therefore it does not force third parties OEM's to utilise their software in its licence agreement.

    This is ruling is really more based on third party OEM's rather than actual end users. They claim end user protection - but it isn't really - it's more the path to end user they are querying.

    Whilst apple services are needed for things like app store downloads, when you set up your iPhone you choose to agree to those terms and conditions or not.

    Whereas with an Android device, Google has terms and conditions with the OEM's that they have to implement software and services, which means they have bypassed the consumer choosing to agree to them or not.

    The difference is subtle, but its that subtle difference is the whole crux of the issue. It's nothing to do with ulterior motives or such, its just EU bureaucracy in full flight. Whether it makes sense to you is by the by - it is what it is, and the EU want to make Google remove its enforcement of its apps & services in it's licence agreement with third party OEM's.
     
  17. gotluck, Apr 21, 2016
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    why was microsoft forced to offer a retail version of windows without IE then? In that situation there is no OEM involved, just the end user.. like the apple T&C (that you have to accept in order to use the device if I'm not mistaken)

    Does the EU even have any android OEMs to protect? They shouldnt even mention consumer protection in this suit at all IMO, it has nothing to do with the consumer. The consumer has much more choice and competing services (with an equal amount of integration with the system) on android
     
  18. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    You're mistaken. Remember microsoft's OS is supplied on multiple OEM laptops and desktops when a customer buys a laptop or desktop from any OEM.

    Microsoft are supplying it's OS to multiple OEM's. The retail version was hit with the same restrictions because there were multiple manufacturer based PC's and home built PC's.

    Likewise you have to remember the context of when this restriction was first enforced. It was back in a time when Microsoft was penalising third parties and charging oems more to volume licence if they changed Microsoft's default tools/software.

    Apple controls hardware & software - the two are intrinsically tied.
     
  19. gotluck macrumors 603

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    sounds like semantics and double standards to me, or a loophole

    I'm still not understanding why the retail version was hit with the same restrictions, those vendors could have used OEM licenses. Anyone who bought windows outright was forced into it in the same manner apple does it
     
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    A lot of the diffrences do boil down to slight semantics and wording that change the context subtly.
     
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    meh I cant wait for android to fix its update structure, then I will be rid of these chains forever.. good riddance
     
  22. lowendlinux thread starter Contributor

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    The MS case was different and they ended up having to open their API's..

    The thing here is Google is forcing OEM's to include GMS whether they like it or not which includes the PlayStore, Chrome, and YouTube which they monetize and they can't pick and choose.

    Google purchased Android Apached it to reduce development costs then forced OEM to attach proprietary GMS on top of it. In essence Google violates the spirit of open source and removes the flexibility of open source to OEMs. Google can go pound sand or take a long walk off a short pier "don't be evil" *shakes head*
     
  23. gotluck macrumors 603

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    I understand and agree that google is abusing its position

    I just also think apple is abusing its position as well, worse in some cases.
     
  24. lowendlinux thread starter Contributor

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    I wish Apple would do a lot of things to include allowing users to use something other than the iTunes store but they don't license iOS so there is no way to force the issue. Apple in Europe isn't as popular as Android because we don't historically have subsidized phones so people tend to buy and either get a SIM contract or prepay. After living here for 12 years i'm in that habit so when I go back to the states I'll just get a Ting SIM and move on.
     
  25. gotluck macrumors 603

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    are they not licencing iOS to the user? I mean its user choice that is being infringed WRT ios anyway. This twisted software legalese..

    you'll have to forgive me I have trained myself to click accept and disregard
     

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