Aptoide, an alternative to Google’s Play Store, said it complained to EU antitrust regulators alleging that the Alphabet unit had prevented its service from working on some users’ phones and tablets. Aptoide said antivirus software integrated into the Android operating system thwarted users when they downloaded and tried to use the app store on their devices — allegedly in violation of the bloc’s competition rules. The move comes days before the EU’s antitrust authorities are set to fine Google over its conduct with Android, a case where Lisbon-based Aptoide is already one of the lead complainants. It’s unclear whether that additional complaint will fold into the EU’s existing Android probe, given the advanced stage of the investigation. Aptoide said the Android antivirus program, Google Play Protect, was nudging users through a notification to uninstall the app store from their devices, warning them the program could download harmful apps. For those that choose to keep Aptoide desp...

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