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Google’s secret Android agreements drive up phone prices, new antitrust lawsuit alleges

02
May
2014

A new antitrust lawsuit filed in California on Thursday against Google alleges that the company is taking advantage of the mostly secret Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADA) Android device makers have to sign in order to establish a monopoly on the mobile search business, CNET reports, thus stifling competition and driving up prices for phones and tablets in the process. In order for an Android device maker, including Samsung, HTC and others, to include a certain set of apps on their devices, such as the popular YouTube and Google Play apps, the OEMs have to agree to the MADAs and also preload specific Google apps on their devices, and give them prominent placement. Of those, Google Search is also a

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