We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Google to cooperate with Korean regulator over Android

Officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission reportedly raided Google offices in South Korea

Google will address concerns the Korean Fair Trade Commission may have about its Android mobile platform, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday after reports emerged that South Korean government officials had raided Google offices there.

"Android is an open platform, and carrier and OEM partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones. We do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search or Google applications on Android-powered devices," the spokeswoman said via e-mail.

In April, two Korean search engine operators, Daum and NHN, filed a complaint with the KFTC, alleging that Google pressured Android phone manufacturers to block search engines or applications that rival its own.

On Tuesday, news outlets Cnet, Reuters Canada and the Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD reported from anonymous sources that officials from the KFTC had raided Google offices in South Korea.

The Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the raid.


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: What's the best Android phablet?

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...