Thursday, April 28, 2016

Google Shuts Out Competitors on Android? Hardly - The New York Times

A different perspective on Android and monopoly control

"Yet the European charges miss the messy reality of life on Android, which is clear to anyone who studies the mobile software business: Android phones come teeming with non-Google apps, often to the point of frustration for users. The search company appears powerless to keep many of them off people’s devices, even when doing so might help its business.

There’s no better evidence for this than the meteoric rise of Facebook, Google’s archrival, which announced another blowout earnings report on Wednesday — with much of its revenue coming from ads on Android phones. Facebook’s numbers show the primary weakness in the European Union’s case: If Google’s grand plan really is to keep rivals off Android phones, it sure is doing a poor job of it."
Google Shuts Out Competitors on Android? Hardly - The New York Times
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