Google is getting sued for stifling search innovation

The Lawsuit claims Google's purchase of Android allowed it to maintain an illegal monopoly that adversely affected Internet and mobile search.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for Northern California, which accuses the Web giant of using its purchase of Android to maintain the monopoly through secret agreements with device makers to load its own suite of applications on their devices. Google has an agreements called Mobile Application Distribution Agreements MADAs with essentially all Android vendors.

According to  the lawsuit "As Google well knows, consumers do not know how to switch, nor will they go to the trouble of switching, the default search engine on their devices, so this practice is a highly effective means of ensuring that consumers will use Google search to conduct general Internet queries rather than one of its competitors' search products,"

Steve Berman, a partner of consumer right law firm Hagen Berman stated "It's clear that Google has not achieved this monopoly through offering a better search engine, but through its strategic, anti-competitive placement, and it doesn't take a forensic economist to see that this is evidence of market manipulation," He continued "Simply put, there is no lawful, pro-competitive reason for Google to condition licenses to pre-load popular Google apps like this."

According to Google "Anyone can use Android without Google and anyone can use Google without Android," and "Since Android's introduction, greater competition in smartphones has given consumers more choices at lower prices."