Google's Android expands competition, does not hurt it: Google lawyer

Google Android runs most of the world's phones and the EU has been looking into whether Alphabet abuses that market lead

Google Android runs most of the world's phones and the EU has been looking into whether Alphabet abuses that market lead

"Or users", said Google's general counsel Kent Walker in a blog post.

Now Google is formally changing its best practices that it recommends for Android, and it doesn't sound like a solution Qualcomm or other quick-charge technology companies will be happy with.

The EU has accused Google of abusing its market dominance by forcing handset manufacturers to favor Google's search engine and Web browser on mobile devices.

Google has a set of guidelines for Android manufacturers called the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD).

According to statistics from Google's Android team, only 0.3 percent of Android device owners are on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Finally having Microsoft Office available off of their normal PCs was a godsend for Android users when the mobile suite first hit, and Chromebook users were probably thinking the same thing when Play Store support started rolling out to some models. Google has also made it mandatory for companies to include systems that will enable a phone to detect the power delivery capability of a charger when plugged in. Since 2011, apps offering similar functionality to those in our suite have been downloaded nearly 15 billion times.

He also points out that Google has to constantly balance the openness of Android as a platform with its promise to developers in maintaining a hearty and healthy marketplace for apps, which the European Commission accuses of being too Google-centric and controlled.

He said Google only asked for a small number of pre-installed apps - 11, out of the 38 to 45 which usually come with a new phone - and didn't prevent manufacturers from installing rivals' products. That last bit is a recurring theme, with Google pointing toward the survey responses for the EC's stance on Android's "stable and consistent framework" across devices as well.

Fairsearch, a group including Expedia Inc. and Nokia Oyj, called on the European Union to pursue the case to the end "and require Google to change its behavior so consumers can benefit from the resulting innovation emerging from a competitive marketplace for search, browsers, and everything else on a smart phone".

Another day, another chapter in Google's never-ending feud with the European Commission.

Industry watchers said Google's prospects of making money from advertising could diminish if its apps were not pre-loaded on devices, despite users being free to delete many of them and replace all of them apps of their choosing.

"Android means manufacturers don't have to buy or build expensive mobile operating systems".

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