Google confirms it's appealing record €4.3bn EC mega-fine

Lloyd Doyle
October 11, 2018

Google is appealing a record $5 billion antitrust fine by European Union authorities, who say the tech giant abused the dominance of its Android operating system to stifle competitors.

According to the New York Post, the Department of Justice is also looking into starting an investigation into Google's abuse of its Android monopoly in United States of America, meaning the company may soon be fighting regulators on two fronts.

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

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"In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine".

But Ms Vestager said Google had shut out rivals by forcing major phone makers including South Korea's Samsung and China's Huawei to pre-install its search engine and Google Chrome browser.


The company referred to arguments put forward by Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the day of the European Union ruling in July, of which the main one is that Android has created more choice for consumers, not less.

In July, Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai refuted the accusations, arguing that the decision ignores the fact that Android phones compete with Apple phones that run on iOS with their own pre-installed apps.

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.

Google is pushing back on a $5 billion fine from the EU.

A story on Sky News suggests that Google has simply asked ad agencies to set up fake companies to sell goods, and advertise in the spaces previously occupied exclusively by Google, thus giving an impression of competition.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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