Ex­perts to check Google case

Irish Independent - Business Week - - BUSI­NESS­WEEK -

EU anti-trust reg­u­la­tors have ap­pointed a panel of ex­perts to give a sec­ond opin­ion on their case against Google’s An­droid mo­bile oper­at­ing sys­tem as they weigh an­other record fine against the com­pany, two peo­ple familiar with the mat­ter have said.

As­sum­ing that the panel agrees with the ini­tial case team’s con­clu­sions, it could pave the way for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to is­sue a de­ci­sion against Google by the end of the year.

In April of last year, the Com­mis­sion charged Google with us­ing its dom­i­nant An­droid mo­bile oper­at­ing sys­tem to shut out ri­vals, fol­low­ing a com­plaint by the lobby group FairSearch.

The move by the EU com­pe­ti­tion author­ity, which hit the com­pany with a €2.4bn penalty for un­fairly favour­ing its shop­ping ser­vice last month, could pose a big­ger risk for the world’s most pop­u­lar in­ter­net search en­gine be­cause of An­droid’s huge growth po­ten­tial.

Com­mis­sion spokesman Ri­cardo Car­doso and Google both de­clined to com­ment.

The EU com­pe­ti­tion en­forcer said that Google’s tac­tics in­cluded re­quir­ing smart­phone mak­ers to pre-in­stall Google Search and the Google Chrome browser in re­turn for ac­cess to other Google apps and bar­ring the man­u­fac­tur­ers from us­ing ri­val ver­sions of An­droid. (Reuters)

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