Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by Calvin C.
EU alleged Google of unfair business practices and this lead to a record fine of €4.34 billion in 2018. This hefty fine has found Google in court to appeal against the Android antitrust case.
The tech giant has been accused of stifling competition, taking advantage of its dominant Android operating system.
Even Google Assistant, rival to Siri and Alexa, is on EU’s radar and investigations are in progress with allegations of uncompetitive behavior haunting the company.
Between 2017 and 2019, the EU’s executive commission hit Google with antitrust penalties totaling more than $8 billion.
While the major penalty was on abuse of the Android operating system, the other two penalties involved shopping and search.
Critics have pointed out that these penalties won’t do much to loosen Google’s grip on market share. In addition, the company has also been accused of limiting choices for consumers.
However, Google argues that Android operation has actually opened doors for manufacturers by enabling:
- Production of cheaper phones
- More competition with Apple
I tend to agree with Google on these two points because ever since Android broke into the mobile market, it’s easy to customize one’s mobile device.
Yes, some apps may not be as polished as those on App Store, but more mobile manufacturers are now able to bring a new range of products since Android OS is open source.
“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world. This case isn’t supported by the facts or the law,” the company made a statement.
EU declined to comment, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
In the first half of the year 2021, Android has maintained its position as the leading mobile operating system, with about 73% market share.
The operating system comes with a bundle of 11 Google apps and the EU commission has accused Google of forcing mobile manufacturers to include these apps on their devices.
In addition, Google blocks other manufacturers from making major alterations to the Android OS, something which the tech giant refuted.
“This case isn’t supported by the facts or the law,” a Google spokesperson said.
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