Report Sara Forden and Jeff Bliss for Bloomberg:
The FTC’s probe of Google is also looking at whether the company is using its control of the Android mobile operating system to harm competition, two people familiar with the probe said last year.
Something tells me we’re about to hear the “open” rhetoric kicked up a notch (which I didn’t think was possible). We’ll see if the FTC buys into it.
This is the potential downside of being the leader in a space — you can still hug someone to death.
And obviously don’t expect Apple to do Google any favors here. It’s believed that Google pays Apple upwards of $1 billion a year to be the default search engine on Safari (both mobile and desktop) — remarkably, $1 billion a year is now just a blip on Apple’s radar.