Google hit with 4.3 bn euro Android fine from EU

A Google icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia on Wednesday

The European Commission said it was fining the USA tech giant for "three types of restrictions that (it) has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine".

Without rules around baseline compatibility, open-source platforms fragment, which hurts users, developers and phone makers, but Android's compatibility rules avoid this and help make it an attractive long-term proposition for everyone, Pichai said.

- How much has Google been fined?

Brussels has repeatedly targeted Google over the past decade amid concerns about the Silicon Valley giant's dominance of internet search across Europe, where it commands about 90 percent of the market.

The Commission said that Google broke the law by requiring manufacturers to install its Google Search and Chrome apps as a condition for licensing Google's app store.

"Dominance is not a problem under European Union antitrust rules", Margrethe Vestager said.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager addresses a news conference on Google in Brussels, Belgium, July 18, 2018. It also prevented manufacturers from selling devices running on alternative versions of its Android operating system.

The EU enforcer dismissed Google's argument of competition from Apple, saying the iPhone maker was not a sufficient constraint because of its higher prices and switching costs for users. "But with market dominance comes a responsibility".

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Vestager said that "companies must compete on their merits", playing by antitrust rules that favor consumers and open markets, and not restrict competition.

"They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere", she added.

"Android has created more choice for everyone, not less. This is why we intend to appeal today's Android decision", he tweeted on Wednesday.

- What does the decision mean for Android?

2013 - Lobbying group FairSearch files a complaint about Google's Android business practices to the European Commission.

No, Google has been fined by the Commission before.

The penalty is almost double the previous record of 2.4 billion euros which Google was ordered to pay a year ago after its online shopping search service was deemed to be unfair to competitors.

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