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U.s. Consumer Smartphone Lawsuit Against Google Plays Into Rivals? Hands ? Macdailynews - Welcome Home

If you don?t have WiFi or a broadband hotspot, try tethering on your smartphone | Dallas Morning News

consumer smartphone lawsuit against Google plays into rivalshands Friday, July 18, 2014 5:31 pm 26 Comments A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court, Dan Levine reports for Reuters. The suit, filed in California federal court in May by two smartphone consumers, said Google requires handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to restrict competing apps like Microsofts Bing search on Android phones, partly by making Googles own apps the default, Levine reports. Google argued last week the proposed class action should be dismissed because consumers still are free to use the other apps. The plaintiffs counter that most consumers either dont know how to switch default settings, or will not go to the trouble. If a judge lets the lawsuit proceed, plaintiffs attorneys would be allowed to delve into internal Google emails and contracts with smartphone companies, and could interview Google executives under oath, said Steve Berman, who represents the consumers, Levine reports. Any damaging evidence from the class action would play into the hands of Googles rivals.
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The broadband hotspot is a box about half the size of my iPhone that connects via 4G LTE to Verizon cell towers. Once it makes the cell connection, the hotspot broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal so my laptop or tablet or phone can get online. Ive been using the Verizon 4G hotspot for a few years, and Im very pleased with its performance. The hotspot had a download speed of 20.77 Mbps and an upload speed of 2.91 Mbps. This is as fast as my broadband connection at home. But you dont have to have a broadband hotspot (and its accompanying monthly data plan) to make such a connection many smartphones are capable of becoming a hotspot. IPhones, Android phones, Windows phones and BlackBerry phones can tether.
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