The impending decision from the EU watchdog has come to pass: Google has been fined a record €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) for abusing the Android operating system’s dominance in the smartphone market, the largest fine imposed on a company in EU history. Google was previously penalized by the European Commission just last year, when the search giant was slapped with a $2.7 billion fine for lowering the ranking of competitor shopping comparison tools to promote its own. A third antitrust case against Google is also still open in the EU, which alleges the tech giant holds dominance in online advertising via its Adsense tool. The charges According to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition chief, Google used Android’s dominant market position to strengthen its lead in search, a practice that has been deemed illegal in the EU. More specifically, Google has been accused of: forcing Android phone manufacturers to preinstall Chrome and Search as a prerequisite for including the Play Store app making payments to larger phone manufacturers and mobile carriers to ensure that Google Search is the exclusive pre-installed search app preventing phone manufacturers from installing versions of Android that weren’t already pre-approved by Google, despite Android is an open source software. Fighting back The ruling against Google stipulates that the company will need to unbundle its Chrome and Search apps from Android, which may significantly change the free business model the tech giant has been pursuing with the mobile OS. Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, has defended the company’s… [Read full story]
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