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Oh man....here...we...go.....So there's this U.S advocacy group (Consumer Watchdog) that has apparently went out of their way to send a letter to the European Commission asking them to block the Google/Motorola deal. Not only that, but they want an investigation launched into Google's "anticompetitive behavior“. I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting sooooooooooooooo tired of reading about stuff like this, and I'll tell you exactly why.
Lets have a look at some of the "arguments“ being brought up against Google shall we? Here's the first one from John M. Simpson, project director at Consumer Watchdog:
John's argument: "Google's Android smartphone operating system dominates the mobile market with a 38 percent share and is growing".
Eric's argument – "Um....hello? I didn't know it was against the law to make a range of successful products that consumers love? Nokia used to ROCK mobile, and Microsoft (a SOFTWARE company) also has their own mobile OS, but I don't see anyone crying and complaining about THAT deal going through? And John, if you're gonna cry and attempt to spit out facts to back up your "arguments“, lets get the numbers right shall we? Google doesn't have 38% global market share. They have 52%.
John's argument: "Google controls 95 percent of the mobile search market. There is evidence it is pressuring handset manufacturers to favor Google applications when using the Android operating system," Simpson added. "Allowing the Motorola Mobility deal would provide Google with unprecedented dominance in virtually all aspects of the mobile world – manufacturing, operating systems, search and advertising. It would be a virtually unstoppable juggerrnaut“.
Eric's argument – "Hit the brakes John and think clearly for a minute. If Google controls 95% of mobile search, it's because people CHOOSE to search on Google...period. They can search on Yahoo if they want, they can search on Bing if they want, or on any other search engine of their choosing. I for one like searching with search engines that deliver the most accurate search results, but that's just me. And I'm honestly laughing at your comment about Google pressuring manufacturers to use Google applications. Seriously John. For one, if you walk into an electronics store and buy a Sony TV from a Sony store, don't you think that maaaaaaaaaaybe they would try to get you to buy a Sony DVD player to go with it BEFORE offering you a Samsung one? **facepalm** So sure, to a certain degree it probably is beneficial for Google to have preferences for Google apps on the OS, especially considering that Android is more or less FREE to use. That's not too much to ask is it? Also, if you knew anything at all about Android, you would know that ALL Android handset makers skin their versions of Android and flood it with their own products, so I don't wan't to hear the bully story. Let's also remember that before Android came along, Nokia and RIM were already beginning their gradual fall. If it weren't for Google, Apple would have NO competition John.
John's argument: "If Google is allowed to dominate the mobile market it will result in higher prices for consumers and stifle innovation".
Eric's argument – "Not only is this the dumbest argument I've ever heard, you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Ever tried to get an iPhone without a contract John? Pretty pricey aren't they? Why don't you walk into any phone shop with 250 dollars in your hand, and see who provides you with more choices for your money, both with or without a contract. And lets set the record straight...there is no IF. Google ALREADY IS dominating the mobile market, yet they still have the biggest range of phones and tablets at low, middle, and high price ranges. Again, another invalid argument.
I don't know much about search algorithims, search engine optimization or marketing for search engines. But what I do know is that the Consumer Watchdog should keep a clear seperation between Google's search activities and what Android is doing for mobile. If you have a problem with Google, then do what you feel you need to do. But let's just stop acting like all of this has anything to do with Google purchasing Motorola, because it clearly doesn't.