Google slapped with record €4.3bn fine for Android dominance abuse

The penalty is nearly double the previous record of 2.4 billion euros which the US tech company was ordered to pay last year over its online shopping search service

Google slapped with record €4.3bn fine for Android dominance abuse

Therefore, alongside the $5.1 billion fine, Google has been given 90 days "to end its practices".

But the European Union claims that these practices have hurt more than the market for mobile Internet searches, and have also affected the browser market as well, where the Chrome app gained an obvious and hard to beat advantage by being bundled in with all Android devices.

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

She further went on to state how these restrictions have denied consumers the opportunity to benefit from a healthy competition between the tech giant and its rival, deeming any such practices illegal.

The company, however, said instead of restricting competition it did the opposite.

The Commission opened its investigation into Android following a 2013 complaint from lobbying group FairSearch, which was backed by competitors including Oracle, Nokia and Microsoft.

This fine is the EU's largest punishment ever imposed on a tech firm.

Google says it will appeal the decision.

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The EU antitrust enforcer has charged Google with using its dominant Android to marginalise rivals following a three-year-long investigation - seen as the most important of three EU cases against the world's most popular internet search engine.

Google now has 90 days to change its business practices or it will face a daily fine of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company, the European Union says. A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovations and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition. The conditions Google puts as part of the Android license agreement with phone makers is what the regulator considers illegal.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) has slapped Google with a record €4.34bn (£3.8bn) fine for abusing its dominance through its "anticompetitive" Android operating system. That's because they prevented other mobile browsers from competing effectively with the pre-installed Google Chrome browser.

These included, requiring manufacturers to pre-install its browser and search apps in order to access Google's app store, Google Play. It said that "at a minimum", Google has to stop and to not re-engage in any of the three types of practices.

This is one of the main abuses that the EC mentioned, because it prevents competition from other search services or browsers such as Firefox to gain significant market share on Android. Competition authorities have said Google could have used its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals.

Google blocked manufacturers from selling devices running alternative versions of Android, known as Android forks, not approved by the company.

So, Google developed a strategy to anticipate the effects of this shift, and to make sure that users would continue to use Google Search also on their mobile devices, the Commission said. "We intend to appeal", Pichai said in a blog post. He also says that the rules imposed by Google are meant to "ensure technical compatibility", and that they're optional.

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