Paul MacDonnell, Executive Director, Global Digital Foundation

European Commission allegations that Google is using its Android smartphone platform to squash competition against its own apps and to extend dominance in internet search do not add up. The accusations are that, by requiring smartphone manufacturers to preinstall its apps, Google Mobile Services (GMS) — which include Google Search — only on Android-compatible phones, Google suppresses apps that compete with GMS. The Commission has, to put it mildly, got the wrong end of the stick.

All cases alleging abuse of market dominance must start by defining the relevant market — where “relevant”…

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