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South Korean Search Portals File Phone Complaint Against Google

Published on April 18, 2011
by Jung-Ah Lee

Two South Korean search portals filed a complaint Friday with the country’s Fair Trade Commission against Google Inc. for allegedly limiting their access to smartphones using the Android operating system.

NHN Corp.–the owner of Naver, South Korea’s biggest Internet search engine by revenue–and Daum Communications Corp. called for the antitrust regulator to investigate their claims that Google is restricting local mobile service providers and Android smartphone manufacturers from preloading some mobile search window applications, including their own, on smartphones.

The companies also asked the regulator whether such a restriction constituted an unfair business practice.

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