FTC Sets Sights On Android OS In Google Antitrust Probe

The US Federal Trade Commission has turned the focus of its investigation into Google's business practices towards the Android mobile phone operating system, it has been revealed.

According to an article on The Wall Street Journal, the FTC, along with several state regulatory bodies is investigating key areas in Google’s business, including Android.

The anti-trust body is trying to find out whether Google prohibits Android-based smartphone manufacturers from using services offered by its rivals, sources familiar with the situation told the WSJ.

FTC lawyers are also investigating whether Google pushes its own products like Google Places, Google Shopping and Google Financing ahead of competitors in its search results.

The agency’s investigation is based on several complaints that allege that the search engine giant takes the information available on websites to form its own products, and then demotes them on its search engine.

Google meanwhile, continues to deny breaking any anti-trust laws and has maintained time and time again that it is co-operating with regulatory bodies as they investigate its business.

“We understand that with success comes scrutiny. We're happy to answer any questions they have about our business,” a Google spokesperson said. Insiders believe that the FTC investigation could take more than a year to complete, considering how massive Google's empire is.

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