Antitrust

Google Cleared of Anti-Trust Charges in Korea

Did not break rules by requiring mobile vendors to include its search engine in Android phones

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Google won't be charged with antitrust violations in Korea over claims that it's breaking competition rules by compelling mobile vendors to include its search engine in their Android-based devices.

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ruled Thursday that Google is in no way violating competition rules by including its search engine with Android, Yonhap News is reporting. The company's chief competitors in the country, NHN and Daum Communications, have charged Google with hurting competition by automatically bundling Google Search in Android. The companies argue that the bundling is part of Google's attempt to increase its presence online in the country.