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Google Fined $5 Billion by EU for Android Antitrust Violations

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Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws.

The European Commission says Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas:

  • Google has been bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating system.
  • Google has also allegedly blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android.
  • They “made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle the Google search app on handsets.

The European Commission now wants Google to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.”

That means Google will need to stop forcing manufacturers to pre-install Chrome and Google search in order to offer the Google Play Store on handsets. Google will also need to stop preventing phone makers from using forked versions of Android.

Curated from The Verge

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