Microsoft file complaint against Google

Microsoft files complaint against Google

Microsoft has today filed a complaint against online giant,Google, for pressuring mobile phone manufacturers to promote its own applications, including Google maps and YouTube. 

Google, unlike other phone operating systems like Apple's iOS, is free for handset manufacturers to install on their devices. However, Microsoft has complained that Google has manipulated manufacturers by pushing its own products to Android phones.

Microsoft, along with a group of 14 other firms including Nokia, has appealed to the European Commission regarding the issue, stating that Google is abusing its standing in the market by discouraging competition from smaller companies and operating systems. 

And with Google operating over 70% of mobile phones today, it is easy to see how promoting its own applications on Android handsets can be perceived as an attempt to further dominate the market.

Do you think Google is wrong for pushing Google maps and YouTube on handsets using the Android OS? Or is it time that other tech companies got a look in? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Alternatively, log in to post a comment below. 

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel