Android may not remain free after European Union fine, warns Google CEO Pichai

James Marshall
July 21, 2018

The EU said Wednesday that Google broke the rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps if they wanted to use Google's app store. Margrethe Vestager, the EU Commissioner for Competition, says that stifles competition.

Trump described Google as "one of our great companies". But it's probably too little, too late. That makes it hard for competitors to Google's search engine and Chrome browser to compete on their merits, she said.

"I very much like the USA... but the fact is that this (case) has nothing to do with how I feel", she said. The fine is in addition to the $2.7 billion fine levied against Google by the EC in June 2017 for abusing its search dominance by favoring its own comparison shopping service.

"This is an important step in disciplining Google's abusive behaviour in relation to Android", said spokesman Thomas Vinje.

"Rapid innovation, wide choice, and falling prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition".

And experts expect that the fight between Google and the European Union has just begun.

The report also asserts that members of the team say that Fuchsia could someday power all of Google's devices, including Pixel smartphones and Google Home speakers, as well as third-party devices that now rely on Android and or Chrome OS.

Google said it would appeal against the European Union decision.

In addition, her team has a third investigation underway into Google's advert-placing business AdSense.

Apple, Amazon and Facebook have also been penalized by European regulators in recent years, leading to allegations that USA companies have been unfairly targeted.

He wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I told you so!" Google also entered into contracts and applied some of these restrictions to certain large mobile network operators, who can also determine which apps and services are installed on devices sold to end users. Facebook will also be looking for changing its business model under pressure.

Some Europeans want regulators to go much further and perhaps even break up Google. The company makes enough money from its Play store to more than cover its investment in developing the operating system, she said.

Brussels has repeatedly targeted Google over the past decade amid concerns about the Silicon Valley giant's dominance of internet search across Europe, where it commands about 90 percent of the market.

"Google gives preferential treatment to its own services. or companies have to pay more to be displayed", he said. "I see it doing no good for Google or anyone else". These protestors took it to a different level when they raised a baby faced balloon of Donald Trump and made fun of him in a previously unparalleled way.

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