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IF AN­DROID PHONE man­u­fac­tur­ers want ac­cess to the Play Store, Google re­quires them to preinstall Chrome and Search apps on the de­vice, and Euro­pean an­titrust reg­u­la­tors are none too happy with that. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has ac­cused Google of forc­ing phone mak­ers to preinstall the browser and search tool, of pay­ing larger man­u­fac­tur­ers and mo­bile car­ri­ers to en­sure Google Search is the ex­clu­sive search app and pre­vent­ing phone mak­ers from in­stalling ‘forked’ An­droid ver­sions not ap­proved by Google.

The in­ter­net gi­ant has been slapped with a record €4.3 (AU$6.7) bil­lion fine for abus­ing the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem’s dom­i­nance in the smart­phone mar­ket, the largest fine im­posed on a com­pany in EU his­tory. 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.

Google has been given 90 days to cease all il­le­gal prac­tices or face ad­di­tional fines of up to 5% of Google par­ent com­pany Al­pha­bet’s global turnover, but the com­pany has stated it has plans to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

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