Lawsuit On Android Withdrawn

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In a big relief for the Google, Plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google has withdrawn their case accusing the search engine company of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers using Android operating system to make Google’s own applications the default option.

The class action lawsuit, filed by two smartphone customers in May 2014, was dismissed by US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California.

The lawsuit argued that Google requires Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics favour Google’s apps such as YouTube and restrict competing apps like Microsoft’s Bing search.

Gary Feitelson and Daniel McKee had alleged that it illegally drives smartphone prices higher as rivals cannot compete for the prime screen real estate that Google’s own apps enjoy,
But Freeman had said that the consumers had failed to show that higher prices stemmed from Google illegally forcing restrictive contracts on handset makers.

The plaintiffs were told to amend their claims.

The search giant had said, that Android handsets could be used without Google, an argument it had presented in its court filings.

Google spokesman said, since Android’s introduction, greater competition in smartphones has given consumers more choices at lower prices,

Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

Google also faces antitrust issues in Europe.

The European Parliament in November urged antitrust authorities to break up Google and called on the European Commission to consider proposals to unbundle search engines from other commercial services.

The case is Feitelson et al v Google Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 14-02007.

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