The New York Times is reporting that Google has been slapped with another antitrust complaint, this time in the European Union and aimed at Android.
Fairsearch Europe filed the complaint with European antitrust regulators, stating through its lead lawyer, Thomas Vinje, that Android is being used by Google “as a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today.” Vinje argued that phone makers who choose to use Android need to place Google’s own applications front and center. To be fair, however, that’s rarely the case. Facebook Home jams Facebook’s services onto the desktop and HTC Sense puts HTC’s BlinkFeed news source as the main home screen.
Fairsearch Europe is made of of some of Google’s largest European competitors, including Nokia, Microsoft and Oracle. The complaint comes as antitrust regulators wrap up an investigation on Google’s search engine practices.