SKorean search engines file Google complaints
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) - South Korea’s top Internet search companies asked the country’s antitrust regulator Friday to investigate Google Inc. over whether it restricts competition in the mobile search market.
The companies claim that Google restricts competition through imposing restrictions on local mobile service providers and smartphone manufacturers that have adopted its Android operating system from pre-loading rival mobile services.
“Android is an open platform,” Google said in a statement issued through a local public relations company. Google added that carriers and companies it partners with “are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones.”