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18.07.2018 13:15
Google to be fined €4.3 bn over the Android OS by the EU
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Google will be fined for record 4.3 billion euros over its operating system – Android, the BBC reports.The fine is to be confirmed at a press conference in Brussels later today. So far it will be the largest fine imposed by the European regulator against a single company. Google may still challenge the decision.

Margrethe Vestager, the Competition Commissioner previously fined Google 2.4 billion euros over a different case related to its shopping comparison service. Google is still in the appeal process against the decision. Moreover, DG Competition is investigating the firm’s advert business – AdSense.

Ms Vestager‘s conference is scheduled at 14:00 EEST.

The investigation began in April 2015 by a complaint by a trade group which included Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle among others.

The allegations of anti-competitive behaviour presented by the EC are three:

  • requiring Android handset and tablet manufacturers to set its search engine as the default and pre-install the Chrome browser before allowing them to offer access to its Play app store;
  • preventing manufacturers from selling mobile devices powered by rival operating systems based on Android's open source code;
  • giving device manufacturers and mobile networks financial incentives to provide its own search service as the sole pre-installed option.

Google’s response has been denying obliging device-makers to preload any of its apps and claiming that distributing Google Search and the Play store together had made it possible to offer its services for free, the BBC reports.


TAGS: Google | EU | EC | European Commission | Commission | competition | competition law | play store | google search | android 


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