Around 30 US state attorneys general have made another attack on the dominance of Google’s Android on the app market. In a California lawsuit they argue that Google’s promotion of its own app store within its Android mobile operating system violates antitrust law. The lawsuit is the third in a row of similar attempts arguing that Google is abusing its dominance.
Google in a blog post signed by Wilson White, director of public policy, said it’s strange that a group of state attorneys general chose to file a lawsuit attacking a system that provides more openness and choice than others.
“We built Android to create more choices in mobile technology. Today, anyone, including our competitors, can customize and build devices with the Android operating system — for free.”
“We also built an app store, Google Play, that helps people download apps on their devices. If you don’t find the app you’re looking for in Google Play, you can choose to download the app from a rival app store or directly from a developer’s website. We don’t impose the same restrictions as other mobile operating systems do.”
The district attorneys general say the company have bought off competitors and used restrictive contracts to unlawfully maintain a monopoly for its app store on Android phones.