Apple doesn’t have a monopoly over Android, but it wants one | Phones

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This week the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company has built and maintains an illegal monopoly. Whether or not Apple actually has a monopoly over Android in the smartphone market is up for the courts to decide, but what’s clear is that Apple really wants one.

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The DOJ’s lawsuit alleges that Apple has built a “smartphone monopoly” with the iPhone. At its core, the suit argues that Apple’s actions lock users into the iPhone through several means including suppressing app development on iOS, cloud gaming, messaging apps and Apple’s own means of messaging other platforms such as Android, hindering third-party smartwatches and making the Apple Watch incompatible with Android, and restricting third-party digital wallets on iOS.

Apple, in a statement to 9to5Mac, said it belives the lawsuit is “wrong on the facts and the law.”

And, really, I don’t disagree.

If the main point of the DOJ’s case is that Apple is a monopoly, it doesn’t feel like that argument will hold up. Apple, in the traditional sense, doesn’t have a monopoly. But, if there’s one thing the case does do a good job at, it’s highlighting the ways Apple has been pushing to become a monopoly.

There are the examples that have basically been repeated a thousand times at this point, like messaging. But the lawsuit also dives into some arguably better examples. For instance, there’s…

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