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Microsoft, Nokia Impeach Google

Companies like Microsoft and Nokia have revved up force on EU anti-monopoly regulators to take action against Google, accusing it of blocking contest in mobile telephony. The objection comes as Google endeavors to resolve a two-year long probe by the European Commission into its internet search practices and head off a possible fine that could hit $5 billion, or 10 per cent of its 2012 gross. More than a dozen companies have voiced their scores about Google's search patterns to the Commission. The investigation's first focus was on its desktop search engine, but European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said last year he had accepted complaints about Google's Android, the world's most favorite operating system for smartphones. Almunia has said he intents to reach a settlement with Google in the latter half of the year. The complainants, however, are disappointed with the pace of his inquiry. In a complaint created public on Tuesday by their lobbying group FairSearch, Google's competitors accused the company of using Android to deviate traffic to its search engine. FairSearch's other members consist world No. 3 software maker Oracle, online travel sites Expedia and TripAdvisor, French shopping comparison site Twenga, British price equivalent site Foundem and U.S.-based adMarketplace. "Google is utilizing its Android mobile operating system as a 'Trojan Horse' to lead on partners, monopolies the mobile marketplace, and manage consumer data," FairSearch's lawyer Thomas Vinje said in a announcement. "Failure to act will only cheer Google to reiterate its desktop abuses of laterality as consumers progressively turn to a mobile platform controlled by Google's Android operating system." he said. The Commission decreased to comment. Google spokesman Al Verney said the company continuing to work hand in glove with the regulator. Google won a stellar victory in the United States in January when the Federal Trade Commission complete an investigation without any important action against the company.

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