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Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU

Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU

The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position” in search.The firm’s parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5% of its average global daily turnover.

It has said it plans to appeal.However, it could easily afford the fine if required – its cash reserves totalled nearly $103bn at the end of March.

At a press conference in Brussels, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said consumers needed choice.And she suggested the ruling could lead manufacturers to sell smart devices using different versions of the Android operating system to Google’s, such as Amazon’s Fire OS, which she said they had been prevented from doing.

“This will change the market place,” she said.

Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai has blogged in response.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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