Trump slams record European Union fine against Google

Doris Richards
July 19, 2018

The 4.34 billion euro (£4.2billion) fine is almost double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay past year, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc.

According to the New York Times, this steep penalty is "among the most aggressive regulatory moves ever made against American technology companies". "All efforts to divide the European Union are in vain". In Google's case, the fine amount would barely put a dent in its coffers, seeing how its parent company, Alphabet Inc., generates the same amount every fortnight.

The European Commission found Google had used Android, the most popular mobile software globally, to reinforce its dominance in search.

"These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits", Vestager said. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere.

A third antitrust case against Google is also still open in the European Union, which alleges the tech giant holds dominance in online advertising via its Adsense tool.

Google has been pushing its web browser and Google search while also preventing hardware makers from releasing handsets that run a forked version of Android, all things that the European Commission has given Google 90 days to cease. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition", CEO Sundar Pichai has also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free. For free. In spite of the ongoing billions it's cost to build the operating system into what it is today.

Google hinted that the harsh decision would force it to charge Smartphone manufacturers for Android platform which would disturb the proprietary systems over open platforms.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article