Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google In South Korea Over Android Search Engine App

The dominance of Android operating system in South Korea has prompted internet companies to sue Google for anti-trust practices in the Asian country.

The search engine giant has been accused of stifling competition from local search engines by offering a pre-installed app of its search engine on Smartphones running Android OS.

South Korean search engines claim that as Google’s search engine comes pre-installed on Android devices, people choose not to switch to another search engine.

The complain has been filed by two of South Korea’s biggest internet companies, Daum and NHN Corp. with the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

The companies have chosen to launch a legal assault on Google despite the fact that the company has only a 2 percent share in the local search engine market. However, the companies claim that Google’s unfair trade practices have caused its mobile search engine market to rise to 15 percent.

“Android is an open platform, and carrier partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones. But we absolutely do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search on Android-powered devices. We look forward to working with the KFTC to address any questions they may have,” Google said in a statement.