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Infographic: EU hits Google with €4.3bn Android fine

  • Published at 04:26 pm July 19th, 2018
The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018 Reuters

Brussels has handed Google a record fine of €4.34bn for abusing the dominant market position of its Android operating system, used in more than 80% of the world’s smartphones. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google went against EU rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps as a condition for licensing Google's app store. She said Google also paid big producers to exclusively pre-install the Google Search app. Vestager said that 'companies must compete on their merits,' playing by antitrust rules that favour consumers and open markets, and not restrict competition. Google said it would appeal. 'Android has created more choice for everyone, not less,' said company spokesman Al Verney. The EU's fine is the biggest ever imposed on a company for anticompetitive behaviour. In June last year, regulators already fined Google €2.42 billion for favouring its shopping listings in search results. The ruling comes at a sensitive time for trans-Atlantic relations, with US President Donald Trump lambasting the EU as a 'foe' only last week