Pré-installations, biais de statu quo et consolidation de la dominance : Les enseignements de l’arrêt du Tribunal de l’U.E. dans l’affaire Google Android

The Google Android judgment, pronounced by the E.U. General Court on 14 September 2022, has confirmed the main substance of the European Commission's July 2018 decision sanctioning Google’s exclusionary practices. This working paper focuses on one of the dimensions of the judgment confirming the decision's analysis of the anti-competitive foreclosure effects of pre-installation contractual provisions for some of the Google’s applications. These must be considered from the perspective of a tying practice and from the angle of the exploitation of a status quo bias from users. The analysis of this specific case opens a discussion on platform neutrality requirements in the context of the publication of the European legislation on digital markets and services.

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