BRUSSELS, June 17 Portuguese app store Aptoide
has urged EU watchdogs to take action against Google Inc
for allegedly blocking rivals in the
multi-billion-dollar mobile applications market.
Apps are big business for Google and rival Apple Inc
, with the market valued as much as $25 billion
according to analysts. Google's Play store and Apple's App Store
are two of the largest in the mobile industry.
Aptoide Chief Executive Paulo Trezentos said in a statement
Google wasn't playing fair in the mobile app industry and the
company had taken its grievance to the EU's competition
"We are only asking the Commission to restore fair
competition in the market, so we can compete on our own merits,"
said Aptoide Chief Operating Officer Alvaro Pinto.
Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani confirmed receipt of
the complaint but declined further comment. Google spokesman Al
Verney did not respond to several emails and phone calls seeking
Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine,
agreed a deal earlier this year to settle a three-year probe by
the European Commission into its online search results, without
incurring a fine.
But it also faces the possibility of another investigation
as regulators weigh the merits of a complaint by lobbying group
FairSearch, accusing Google of using its smartphone operating
system Android to divert traffic to its search engine.
FairSearch members include Microsoft Corp and Nokia
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by David Holmes)