April 20, 2016 Last Updated 8:00 am

European Commission accuses Google of abusing dominant position with Android

Morning Brief: Apple agrees to pay nearly $25 million to company holding patent on technology the company says Apple uses in its Siri and Messages apps

The European Commission today accused search giant Google with breaking Europe’s antitrust regulations by taking advantage of its Android platform to push its other products, including its search engine.

Android-bug“Google’s conduct has had a direct impact on consumers, as it has denied them access to innovative smart mobile devices based on alternative, potentially superior, versions of the Android operating system,” the report states. “The Commission has found evidence that Google’s conduct prevented manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices based on a competing Android fork which had the potential of becoming a credible alternative to the Google Android operating system. In doing so, Google has also closed off an important way for its competitors to introduce apps and services, in particular general search services, which could be pre-installed on Android forks.”

“Our partner agreements have helped foster a remarkable — and, importantly, sustainable — ecosystem, based on open-source software and open innovation,” responded Kent Walker, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Google. “We look forward to working with the European Commission to demonstrate the careful way we’ve designed the Android model in a way that’s good for competition and for consumers.”

Speaking of Google… Google today released an update to its Google Analytics app for iOS. The update adds sharing options, as well as a “new look and feel.”


What’s New in Version 3.0
* Sharing! Share a report via text, email, chat, and more
* Customization! Customize reports and save them to your dashboard for quick follow-up
* Brand new look & feel; easier to use than ever
* New scorecard visualizations: tab through metrics, swipe through dimensions
* Change & compare date ranges, dig deeper by adding segments
* Greatly simplified navigation and report discovery

Apple has agreed to pay Dallas-based Dynamic Advances to pay $24.9 million to settle a four-year-old lawsuit. The lawsuit was regarding Siri and a patent owned by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but which was licensed to Dynamic Advances.

In February, an East Texas jury found that for a patent holding company in a case regarding FaceTime, awarding the company $625.6 million in damages. Apple has vowed to appeal that judgement.

The publisher of the Sacramento Bee and Miami Herald, The McClatchy Company, reports first quarter earnings before the markets open today. Look for the report in the Top News section of the Home Page, or under Newspapers down below the fold (so to speak).

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