Nokia and Microsoft have urged the European Commission to take action against Google, accusing it of 'monopolising the mobile marketplace'.
The EC is already investigating Google over its internet search practices, which could see it subject to a heavy fine.
Nokia and Microsoft, who work together with the Windows Phone platform, are part of a 17 strong coalition called Fairsearch, which made the compiant this morning. Thomas Vinje, Brussel-based counsel to Fairsearch, said: 'Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data. We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system.'
Among Fairsearch's other complaints are how Google's free software, such as YouTube or Maps, comes preloaded on Android devices and are displayed prominently.
The European Commission declined to comment although a Google spokesperson said the company continues to work cooperatively with the regulator.
Author: Graeme Neill