EU Hits Google with Anti-trust Charges over An­droid OS

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Agence France-Presse

Brus­sels: The Euro­pean Union (EU) slapped Google with anti-trust charges on Wed­nes­day over its wide­lyused An­droid mo­bile phone op­er­at­ing sys­tem, in a fresh salvo by Brus­sels against the Sil­i­con Val­ley gi­ant.

Com­pe­ti­tion com­mis­sioner Mar­grethe Vestager said Google had used prac­tices such as mak­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers pre-in­stall its search en­gine as the de­fault in or­der to preserve its mar­ket dom­i­nance.

“The pre­lim­i­nary con­clu­sions from our in­ves­ti­ga­tions is that th­ese prac­tices breach EU com­pe­ti­tion law,” Vestager told a press con­fer­ence, adding that Brus­sels be­lieved that “Google has abused its dom­i­nant po­si­tion”. She added: “We have found that Google pur­sues an over­all strat­egy on mo­bile de­vices to pro­tect and ex­pand its dom­i­nant po­si­tion in In­ter­net search.” The charges are a mas­sive blow to one of the Google’s most strate­gic busi­nesses that could al­ter a global smart­phone sec­tor that is fast tak­ing over tra­di­tional PCs as the big­gest seg­ment in the world of com­put­ing. The EU in its charge sheet ac­cused Google of ob­struct­ing in­no­va­tion by giv­ing un­fair promi­nence to its own apps, es­pe­cially its search en­gine, in deals with mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Sam­sung or Huawei.

Google is also ac­cused of restrict­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers from in­stalling ri­val op­er­at­ing sys­tems on their phones. The case is the sec­ond at­tack by the EU against Google.

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