Google files an appeal on EU's $5 billion fine on Android

Google files an appeal on EU's $5 billion fine on Android
European Commission investigated Google's monopolistic tendencies during past few years which resulted in July to a massive fine for Google restricting competition on their mobile platform.

Google obviously wasn't happy about the $5 billion (4.34 billion euros) fine, and now it has decided to file an appeal, Financial Times reports.

Not only is it a great deal of money, even for Google, but the decision would affect Google's business model on smartphones immensely.

European Commission argues that Google has broken the law by requiring carriers and manufacturers to include Google's software. In addition Google has blocked the use of other platforms.

This means that device manufacturers haven't had the option to replace Google Play with a third-part app store, or install a competing platform as an alternative to Android.

EU and Google have a long and storied history with fines and court battles. Google got fined nearly $3 billion last year for preferring their own shopping services on Google search. That was appealed as well, and has yet to be resolved.


Written by: Matti Vähäkainu @ 11 Oct 2018 10:15
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