Google chal­lenges Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s $5 bn An­droid fine

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San Fran­cisco: Google has ap­pealed against the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s nearly $5 bil­lion fine that was im­posed on the tech gi­ant in July for il­le­gally us­ing An­droid mo­bile de­vices to strengthen dom­i­nance of Google’s Search en­gine.

The Com­mis­sion’s rul­ing gave Google 90 days to end the anti-com­pet­i­tive be­hav­iours or face ad­di­tional penalty.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The Verge, Google on Tues­day filed the ap­peal. The Com­mis­sion said that since 2011, Google has im­posed il­le­gal re­stric­tions on An­droid de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers and mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tors to ce­ment its dom­i­nant po­si­tion in gen­eral In­ter­net search.

“Our case is about three types of re­stric­tions that Google has im­posed on An­droid de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers and net­work op­er­a­tors to en­sure that traf­fic on An­droid de­vices goes to the Google search en­gine,” said Com­mis­sioner Mar­grethe Vestager who is in charge of com­pe­ti­tion pol­icy.

“In this way, Google has used An­droid as a ve­hi­cle to ce­ment the dom­i­nance of its search en­gine. 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,” Vestager added. In par­tic­u­lar, Google has re­quired man­u­fac­tur­ers to pre-in­stall the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a con­di­tion for li­cens­ing Google’s app store (the Play Store). The com­pany made pay­ments to cer­tain large man­u­fac­tur­ers and mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tors on con­di­tion that they ex­clu­sively pre-in­stalled the Google Search app on their de­vices. The Com­mis­sion also found that Google pre­vented 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. Re­act­ing to the rul­ing, Google CEO Sun­dar Pichai said in July the com­pany will ap­peal against the Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion. The de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Google CEO, ig­nored the fact that An­droid phones com­pete with IOS phones.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump also slammed the EU for fin­ing Google, tweet­ing that the in­ci­dent proved that the bloc has “taken ad­van­tage of the US, but not for long!” Google also faces a $2.7 bil­lion fine from the Europe’s anti-trust body for rank­ing its own shop­ping ser­vices higher than those of its com­peti­tors in search re­sults.

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