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Google wins court favour in Android antitrust lawsuit

Judge finds search giant did not harm consumers by forcing own services as default on handsets

Google forced smartphone vendors that use its Android OS to make Google services the default option on their handsets.
Google forced smartphone vendors that use its Android OS to make Google services the default option on their handsets.

A US court has ruled that search leviathan Google was not harming consumers by forcing smartphone vendors that use its Android OS to make Google services the default option on their handsets, Reuters reported.

The plaintiffs in the case are a group of consumers who alleged that smartphone prices were inflated due to Google's actions, but US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California, disagreed.

"Their alleged injuries - supracompetitive prices and threatened loss of innovation and consumer choice - are not the necessary means by which defendant is allegedly accomplishing its anticompetitive ends," Freeman wrote.

The plaintiffs have three weeks to bring an amended action against Google.