Google Faces New Antitrust Complaints in Europe From Aptoide

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) may be in trouble with European Union authorities again. Third-party app marketplace Aptoide claims that the tech giant is creating obstacles that make it tough for third-party app marketplaces to be installed on Android devices. The European Commission confirmed that it has received a complaint from the Portuguese company.

Google is no stranger to antitrust complaints — formal complaints that a large company is preventing competition in the marketplace — likely because competition would cut into Google’s profits. Google is also currently facing antitrust complaints from Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Microsoft (NASDAQ;MSFT) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) in the European Commission. Many revolve around Android, the Google-backed smartphone and device platform. It is the world’s top platform for apps. Due to its large size, it is a target for such claims, usually from other large companies.

Aptoide breaks that mold by being a smaller startup. It is a platform for Android apps, and the company claims that Google’s current policies favor Google Play, Google’s app marketplace.

“The European Commission has been very active in detecting situations of abuse of a dominant position,” Aptoide co-founder and CEO Paulo Trezentos told CNET. “We believe that our case is strong and that can help the EC to work with Google to correct these practices.”