This week Google has responded to European Commission accusations, signed a patent deal with video firm Kudelski, donated a string of patents, and released third-party certification for its Cardboard VR headset.
EC accuses Google of abusing search dominance and opens Android probe
The European Commission has officially accused Google of anticompetitive behaviour by abusing its dominance in the search market in Europe, which the company has strongly denied.
It has also opened a probe into whether the way in which Google bundles its own services into Android at the expense of other firms is anti-competitive as well.
Google signs deal with video patent firm Kudelski
Google has entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kudelski Group, an intellectual property-holding media protection company. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Kudelski said that Google will make a one-off payment.
Google donates string of patents to Via Licensing's LTE public pool
Google has provided some of its LTE wireless related patents to the Via Licensing patent pool, making them reasonably open to use by the organisation's members. Some of these include the patents picked up by Google when it acquired Motorola before selling the firm to Lenovo.
Google starts offering third-party Cardboard VR headset certification
Google has started offering manufacturers the opportunity to create their own take on the cut-price Cardboard virtual reality device by certifying it for use with Google's apps and tools.
Microsoft joins forces with Cyanogen to lessen Google's hold on Android
V3's sister site The INQUIRER reported that Microsoft's partnership with Cyanogen looks to force Android from the firm's smartphones and cement Windows Phone and the upcoming Windows 10 as the operating systems of choice for Cyanogen devices.
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