Android and Competition Law: Exploring and Assessing Google's Practices in Mobile

European Competition Journal 12 (2016): 159-194

Harvard PON Working Paper

35 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2016 Last revised: 24 Jul 2018

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Benjamin G. Edelman

Harvard University - HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit

Damien Geradin

Geradin Partners; Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC); University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy; University College London - Faculty of Laws

Date Written: October 24, 2016

Abstract

Since its launch in 2007, Android has become the dominant mobile device operating system worldwide. In light of this commercial success and certain disputed business practices, Android has come under substantial attention from competition authorities. We present key aspects of Google’s strategy in mobile, focusing on Android-related practices that may have exclusionary effects. We then assess Google’s practices under competition law and, where appropriate, suggest remedies to right the violations we uncover.

Keywords: Android, antitrust, competition policy, exclusion, mobile communication devices, remedies, tying

JEL Classification: K21, L42, L41, L40, L99

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Benjamin G. and Geradin, Damien, Android and Competition Law: Exploring and Assessing Google's Practices in Mobile (October 24, 2016). European Competition Journal 12 (2016): 159-194, Harvard PON Working Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2833476

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