Google emails reveal anticompetitive moves against Skyhook

Sep 21, 2019 ajmyekgw

first_imgSkyhook Wireless burst onto the geolocation scene a few years back, offering a GPS-free solution using data from wireless access points and cellular towers. Accuracy was very good, able to nail down a user’s location to within about 20 meters and could be pinpointed in under a second. The service was tapped by Apple for both the iPhone and iPod touch initially, but Apple eventually gathered enough of its own location data and no longer needed Skyhook’s WPS kung fu.Plenty of other partners were still interested in Skyhook’s offerings, of course – Motorola, for example, which planned to use Skyhook to power location features in the Droid X. Not so fast, Google said. According to internal emails, Motorola was told that doing so would make the Droid X “no longer Android compatible” due to “data contamination.” Motorola backed away from the Skyhook deal, and eventually a similar deal with Samsung went south as well.That, in turn, led Skyhook to file suit against Google late in 2010.Also revealed in the emails is one Android manager’s assertion that “we are using compatibility as a club to make them do things we want.” If that doesn’t stink of anti-competitive behavior, I’m not sure what does — and you’ve got to think Skyhook has a very strong case on its hands.Who’s holding the club now, Google? Don’t be evil indeed.More at New York Times and Engadgetlast_img

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