The Commission’s Statement of Objections in the Android case
The competition news of the past couple of days have just been confirmed. The European Commission has annnounced that it has addressed Google and its parent company Alphabet a Statement of Objections regarding its Android mobile operating system and apps. The Commission’s press release is available here.
Here are all of the previous posts that Pablo and I have written on the case. In the light of today’s press release they would still appear to be relevant and valid:
- More on Android (includes presentations on the case positing contrarian views, including one by Microsoft’s lawyer in the case)
- A comment on the Microsoft/Skype Judgment (although not directly related to this case, it dealt with many of the issues relevant to it. It seems I was among the few who read it attentively and took it seriously…).
- Also, you should check out this recent piece on “Systemic Efficiencies in Competition Law: Evidence from the ICT Industry” by Konstantinos Stylianou (who did the Harvard LLM with me and who is now at the University of Leeds).
P.S. 1- We have some new ideas on the bundling aspect of the case, but we still need to decide whether these should be “open source” or “licenseable” 😉
P.S. 2- In addition to the bundling allegations discussed in our posts above, the press relese refers to two other challenged practices concerning the anti-fragmentation policy and alleged exclusivity arrangements. These are new to us and we don’t yet have a view on them.