Report: Google faces EU probe over Android licensing

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Google is in the crosshairs of European regulators alleging that the company built up its market-leading Android mobile operating system by means of cut-rate licensing and exclusivity agreements.

According to documents viewed by The Financial Times, European Union watchdogs are exploring charges that Google licensed Android software "below cost," with "potential requests by Google to cancel and/or delay the launch of smartphone devices" based on competing operating systems or shipped with rival mobile services. Investigators will also consider whether Google enforced exclusivity agreements with manufacturing partners to guarantee the pre-installation and placement of core Google services like YouTube.

"Android is an open platform that fosters competition," Google said. "Handset makers, carriers and consumers can decide how to use Android, including which applications they want to use." Article (sub. req.)

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