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EU: Google illegally used Android to dominate search, must pay $5B fine

4 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / The Google search app on an Android portable device on February 5, 2018.
The European Commission today fined Google $5.05 billion for violating EU antitrust rules, saying that "Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general Internet search."
The commission said that Google is violating antitrust law by requiring phone manufacturers to pre-install the Google search app and Chrome browser "as a condition for licensing Google's app store ."
Google also violated EU antitrust rules by...
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European Commission Fines Google €4.3bn For Android Market Dominance Abuses

European Commission Fines Google €4.3bn For Android Market Dominance Abuses

4 monthes ago   |   By Anand Tech

Today the European Commission has announced that it has found Google in breach of EU antitrust and has fined the company €4.34 billion.
The original proceedings against Google formally opened in April 2015 and investigate Google's business practices related to Android licensing between 2011 and 2014 and has found the company of breaching EU rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant market positions.
As detailed in the thorough press-release, the particular three illegal practices which Google has been found in conducting are as follows:
has required manufacturers...
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European Commission's verdict is out, $5 billion fine for Google

European Commission's verdict is out, $5 billion fine for Google

4 monthes ago   |   By Phone Arena

As we reported earlier this week, the European Commission released its decision on the case investigating Google for illegally limiting phone manufacturers' use of third party software on Android devices.
The Commission proved once again that it's not playing around when it comes to fines and ordered Google to pay a record high $5.04 billion for its unfair practices.
If Google doesn't make changes satisfying the regulator within 90 days, it can impose further fines that can reach 5% of Alphabet's daily turnover.
For the people left wondering how ...
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Google CEO on $5 billion EU antitrust fine: ‘Android has created more choice, not less'

Google CEO on $5 billion EU antitrust fine: ‘Android has created more choice, not less'

4 monthes ago   |   By VentureBeat

Following the record $5 billion antitrust fine announced today by European regulators, Google CEO Sundar Pichai penned an impassioned defense of the company's Android mobile operating system. “If you buy an Android phone, you're choosing one of the world's two most popular mobile platforms - one that has expanded the choice of pho...
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European Commission Fines Google $5.1B for Favoring and Pre-Installing Own Services on Android

European Commission Fines Google $5.1B for Favoring and Pre-Installing Own Services on Android

4 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

The European Commission hit Google with a $5.1 billion fine today, stating that the tech company broke EU antitrust laws by striking deals with Android phone manufacturers to favor Google's services over rival services .
Android P is the newest version of the software , set to launch this fall
Specifically, the European Commission pointed towards the Google search bar and Chrome web browser coming pre-installed on Android smartphones like those made by HTC, Huawei, and Samsung. With these options already in smartphones when users purchase them, other services are "unfairly boxed...
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EU's antitrust chief details Google's Android abuses, including killing Amazon's Fire OS

EU's antitrust chief details Google's Android abuses, including killing Amazon's Fire OS

4 monthes ago   |   By VentureBeat

Ever since the European Union launched its antitrust case against Google's Android two years ago, Silicon Valley insiders and tech pundits have been scratching their heads. They are alternately bemused and puzzled by the same questions: How can something that a company gives away for free possibly be the source of an antitrust complaint? How...
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Google Hit With Largest EU Antitrust Fine Ever Due To Android

Google Hit With Largest EU Antitrust Fine Ever Due To Android

4 monthes ago   |   By Android Headlines

The European Commission on Wednesday officially confirmed hitting Google with the largest antitrust fine in its history amounting to €4.34 billion, or $5.04 billion. The sanction was issued following a lengthy investigation into the company's Android practices, with the European Union's competition watchdog concluding Google exhibited monopolistic behavior by forcing and incentivizing original equipment manufacturers to pre-install its comprehensive app suite on their Android devices and avoid giving rivaling solutions the same treatment, thus hurting third parties and breaking the...
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Google Fined $5 Billion By EU Regulators Over Android

Google Fined $5 Billion By EU Regulators Over Android

4 monthes ago   |   By Geeky Gadgets

The European Commission has announced that it is fining Google's $5 billion or €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules with its Android operating system. The commission has now given Google 90 days to change the way it imposes restrictions on Android device makers or it will be fined up to 5% of its average...
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EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine for 'very serious illegal behaviour' in Android antitrust case

4 monthes ago   |   By Beta News

The European Commission has fined Google a record €4.34 billion in an antitrust case that saw the company accused of using Android as a "vehicle to cement its dominance as a search engine". The Commission said that Google forced phone makers to pre-install its software on their handsets, taking advantage of Android's popularity, and breaching European antitrust rules. The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager summed things up by saying Google has been "denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits". See also: Chrome's RAM usage is higher than ever as Google...
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