First, the EU was digging into Google's activity in the European search market to rule out anti-competitive behavior. Then the state of Texas wanted its own investigation and the U.S. launched a formal probe as well. Now, South Korea wants in on the fun.
But South Korean antitrust officials are looking specifically at Google's activities in the country's mobile search market. At SiliconValley.com, The Associated Press reports South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has received complaints from the country's top search engines. NHN and Daum Communications argue that Google restricts mobile service providers and handset makers that adopt its Android operating system from also pre-loading tools from rival services.
Google reports it has not yet heard from the commission, but will answer any questions the regulator has. The company responded to the allegations in a statement. Google explained:
Android is an open platform ... [Service providers and handset makers] are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones.