Last year, lesser known on the surface, but immensely popular for its Wi-Fi location based services, Skyhook dragged search giant, Google to court for allegedly practicing unfair means of conducting business, and generating unfair competition. Google was accused of forcing device manufacturers to pick its own service, Android, over Skyhook’s popular location-based service.
Caught in the hook..
A year later, Skyhook’s CEO, Ted Morgan has vowed to take this battle to a bitter end. Situations too seemed to be tilting in his favor. A Massachusetts state court has laid its hands on some internal mails from Google, one by a certain, Dan Morrill, a manager in the Android group who allegedly stated that Google was using compatibility as a club to make Skyhook do things they want. A comment which obviously which didn’t go down too well with the Skyhook executives, and has put Google in a fix. The matter whether the mention of club was taken in an anti-competitive way is presently under subjudice.
Skyhook Wireless states that Google has forced itself with Android to crush all competition, Skyhook in this case.