Anti-trust watchdog barks at Android

31BBE0CB00000578-3471385-image-a-12_1456857331758South Korea’s antitrust regulator has opened an investigation into the Google’s agreements with handset manufacturers over the Andriod operating system.

The watchdog is concerned that the US firm’s Android mobile operating system limits market competition.

Jeong Jae-chan, chairman of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, said the agency will re-examine anti-competition issues over Google’s policies on the Android platform. Sadly the did not say much more and probably won’t until the investigation is complete.

The agency has previously said it was looking into whether Google,  whose corporate parent is Alphabet  has violated South Korean anti-competition laws but did not elaborate on what potential charges might be brought against Google or what particular field it was interested in. Now it appears that it might be focused on the Android arrangements.