According to Bloomberg, an alternative to Google’s Play Store called Atoipode has complained to EU antitrust regulators alleging that the Alphabet unit had prevented its service from working on some users’ phones and tablets.
Aptoide claims antivirus software integrated into the Android operating system thwarted users when they downloaded and tried to use the app store on their devices, allegedly in violation of the bloc’s competition rules.
Aptoide said the Android antivirus program, Google Play Protect, was nudging users through a notification to uninstall the app store from their devices, warning them the program could download harmful apps. For those that choose to keep Aptoide despite the warning, the app store no longer functions and can’t install apps, the company said.
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