caption FILE PHOTO – A 3D printed Android mascot Bugdroid is seen in front of a Google logo in this illustration taken July 9, 2017. source REUTERS/Dado Ruvic You might see a few changes coming to the way you use Android smartphones and Google apps in the next three months. Google has been fined a record $5 billion (4.3 billion euros/£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. Specifically, those abuses include: – Requiring “manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store)” – Paying “certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices” – Preventing “manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”)” “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules,”… Read full this story
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