Recently released internal emails reveal heavy-handed tactics surrounding its Android mobile operating system, tactics that some people believe are anti-competitive and is drawing comparisons to Microsoft in the 1990s.
The internal emails were made public as part of an on-going lawsuit filed by location based technology provider Skyhook Wireless against the search engine giant.
The lawsuit indicates that Google used its Android operating system to force Motorola and Samsung into cancelling its contract with Skyhook, using Google’s location-based services instead.
The company claims that Google’s move resulted in a loss of millions of dollars for the company. Skyhook maintains that Google’s decision was not meant to drive innovation but simply to exclude competitors from offering services on Android.
“After we announced our deal with Motorola, Google went crazy,” said Ted Morgan, Skyhook’s chief executive, said in a statement.
“That’s when Google went looking for compatibility compliance issues.” he added, referring to Google’s decision to declare Skyhook’s services as incompatible with Android.
Among the disclosed email is a message sent in passing by Dan Morrill, a manager in the Android group, which read that ‘we are using compatibility as a club to make them do things we want’, The New York Times (opens in new tab) notes.
Google's main competitor in the mobile OS market is Apple, who has notoriously banned apps that do not meet its standards regarding both quality and content, often without giving much explanation.