Experts to check Google case
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)