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Google seeks to dismiss antitrust suit against Android

Published Sun, Jul 13, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SAN FRANCISCO] An antitrust lawsuit targeting Google's Android operating system should be dismissed, Google said in a court filing on Friday, partly because smartphone manufacturers are free to utilise Android on their phones without also installing Google apps.

Two smartphone customers filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Google Inc in May, arguing that the way Google licenses Android to smartphone companies like Samsung Electronics is unfair to Google's competitors for search and other mobile services.

The lawsuit is the latest antitrust issue confronting Google, which has faced complaints from rivals including Microsoft Corp that it unfairly ranked its own services higher than competitors' in search results. A proposed settlement with European regulators on that issue is pending.

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