Google roundup: EU, domain names, Google Play, Access & Energy

|By:, SA News Editor

Though Google (GOOG +1.5%) has settled an EU probe related to its promotion of Google services within search results, antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia says the EC is still prepared to investigate "many allegations" involving the company.

Areas that could be reviewed include streaming, social networks, and mobile operating systems/apps. The EU has already been probing allegations Google is violating antitrust laws by insisting its apps/services be bundled with its version of Android. Skeptics think Almunia is on the defensive after Google's EU settlement was blasted by rivals.

In the name of getting more small businesses to establish a Web presence (perhaps with the hope they'll buy ads along the way), Google is building a domain name registration service.

The service, called Google Domains, supports up to 100 e-mail addresses and sub-domains, and acts as competition for GoDaddy (just filed for an IPO). Google is partnering with WIX and others to provide site-building and hosting services.

App Annie estimates Google Play downloads rose 50% Y/Y in Q1, and revenue 140%. Japan is the most valuable market, followed by the U.S. Play has been gradually narrowing the App Store's monetization edge - an edge that's a key reason why many developers still write for iOS first.

Google has created a new Access & Energy division that's led by Craig Barratt (once the head of Wi-Fi chipmaker Atheros). The division covers Google Fiber, Project Loon, and Google's satellite and renewable energy projects, among other things.