FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search

Published on August 10, 2011
by Thomas Catan and Amir Efrati

Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.’s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.

Six weeks after serving Google with broad subpoenas, FTC lawyers, in conjunction with several state attorneys general, have been asking whether Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that use its Android operating system from using competitors’ services, these people said.

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