Google Could Pay a Fine Amounting to €4.3 Billion for Antitrust Abuse

The EU has fined Google a record €4.3bn over Android antitrust

Google Fined RM20.3 Billion By EU Over Abuse Of Android OS

"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine".

It reminds us just how powerful all these tech firms are.

The EU had investigated how Google requires mobile phone makers to include the search giant's apps when they license the Android operating system. And what do people do with monopolies, they abuse it.

Google has prohibited companies that make Android devices from making and selling any other devices that run Android forks.

Listen to which of this companies looks likely to reach that mark first.

"What would serve competition is to have more players", she said. "This is illegal under European Union antitrust rules", Vestager explained.

On Wednesday, she said repeatedly that it wasn't her business to tell Google what to do, just to punish it for illegal behaviour.

Mark Patterson, an antitrust expert and law professor at Fordham University, said the biggest win for Google was that the Commission did not order it to share the user data that forms the backbone of its business. The search giant, the ruling said, made Android phone manufacturers preinstall its search and browser applications if they wanted to provide access to the Google Play Store, where nearly all Android users get their apps. The decision ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones, something that 89 percent of respondents to the Commission's own market survey confirmed, ' argues chief executive Sundar Pichai in a blog post entitled Android has created more choice, not less.

Apple, Amazon and Facebook have also been penalized by European regulators in recent years, leading to allegations that U.S. companies have been unfairly targeted. Giving this industry easier access to consumers should be a goal for European policy makers and regulators.

MARGRETHE VESTAGER: This is about Google behavior - a behavior that's illegal for a dominant company because it's locking down competition and disabling innovation and choice that we would all like to enjoy.

The new sanction almost doubles the previous record European Union anti-trust fine of €2.4 billion, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017.

Brussels has repeatedly targeted Google over the past decade amid concerns about the Silicon Valley giant's dominance of internet search across Europe, where it commands about 90 percent of the market.

Polar Capital fund manager Ben Rogoff said: "The reality is that as long as they're delivering great utility to their consumers, consumers will still use those platforms", he said.

"It means that Google should cease its anti-competitive practices regarding smartphones, but also in other areas - smart TVs in particular - where it is foreclosing competition by using the same practices".

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