Italy Fines Google €100 Million For Shutting Out Rival's Smartphone App

Italy Fines Google €100 Million For Shutting Out Rival's Smartphone App

Italy's anti-trust authority said Thursday it had fined Google more than 100 million euros ($120mn) for shutting out a rival's smartphone app offering recharging of electric vehicles.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The authority said Google, whose Android operating system and Google Play app store dominate the Italian market, had abused its market position by blocking an Enel X app for users of electric vehicles.
  • The regulator added it would require Google to make Enel X's app available on Android Auto, which mirrors features of an Android device, such as a smartphone, on a car dashboard screen.
  • Italy found Google did not allow Enel X Italia to develop an Android Auto-compatible version of its JuicePass app.
  • JuicePass offers services relating to recharging electric vehicles, such as finding the nearest charging station and reserving a space there.

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