Last month, the search engine giant Google was hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine by the European Commission for breaking antitrust laws. In Europe Google was predominated in search results and Google altered their search algorithm to favor their own products.
EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in a press meeting, argued that the search engine giant “abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors.”“What Google has done, is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” said Vestager. “It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation."
And now EU is after Android; Google's open-source operating system. EU started to investigate against Android after its rivals accused that the company has been abusing its market dominance. Recently, Google also limited access to Google Play Store unless phone makers also bundle Google search and Chrome apps. The search giant was also reportedly criticized for blocking phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android, as part of an anti-fragmentation agreement.
According to the international news agency, Reuters, Android could be fined up to $2.7 billion. But a big concern for Google is whether it will be forced by EU to alter the Android Operating system and unbundle key parts. Even though Android has been ever since considered as open source software, Google has been adding key components into its Google Play Services and other licensing agreements.
Google to be fined by the EU after antitrust laws and now for android also
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