Google And EU Head To Court To Decide The Fate Of €4.3 Billion Fine

Google And EU Head To Court To Decide The Fate Of €4.3 Billion Fine

Andrew H. Sweet

The Commission believes Google forces manufacturers of Android-powered devices to pre-install a trio of apps: Google Search, Chrome, and the Play Store, which users access to download other apps.

The executive also argues the company prevents phone makers from selling devices with alternative versions of Android.

These practices, Brussels says, stifle competition because they make it more difficult for other app developers to innovate and enter the market and, in turn, deny consumers the benefits of free competition. Over 80% of smartphones in Europe run on Android.

And The Commission believes that by making the Google Search app mandatory for all Android devices, Google ensures phone owners continue to use its search engine as the default option to the detriment of other possible options. This increases Google's revenues and strengthens its dominant position.

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