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Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for abusing the dominance of Android

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:28 am

Story : http://www.businessinsider.com/google-fined-by-eu-android-2018-7





Google has been fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion/£3.8 billion) by Europe's competition watchdog for abusing its dominant Android mobile operating system to cement the popularity of Google apps and services.

It's the biggest antitrust fine given by Europe's competition regulator against a single firm, cementing the reputation of the European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, as Silicon Valley's policewoman. Google said it would appeal the decision.

The European Commission found Google had used Android, the most popular mobile software globally, to reinforce its dominance in search.

Specifically, it said:

Google forced phone makers to preinstall its Chrome browser and its Search app as a condition for accessing the Play app store.

Google illegally paid manufacturers to preinstall its Search app exclusively, protecting its search business from competition.

Google prevented Android phone makers from selling devices that run "forked" versions of the operating system.







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