US: Android wants OS lawsuit tossed

Android is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit targeting its operating system, reports say, as Android owner Google reportedly filed a motion in court late last week.

A class action was filed against Google in May claiming that Google unfairly licenses Android to smartphone manufacturers, undermining competitors for mobile services like online search. The suit was filed by two smartphone customers and is seeking class action status.

The case accuses Google of forcing smartphone makers like Samsung to set Google as the default search servicer on Android smartphones, giving Google an unfair advantage within Android’s dominant market share across the globe.

But Google filed a motion Friday, say reports, arguing that smartphone makers can install the Android operating system on the phones they make without installing Google-specific applications.

”Google’s conduct is not only fully consistent with but actually promotes lawful competition,” the company said in its filing.

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