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Google challenges European Commission's $5 bn Android fine

11 October 2018, 10:45 | Hattie Nash

Google challenges European Commission's $5 bn Android fine

Google challenges $5 bn EU antitrust fine in Android case

Google is challenging the $5 billion (4.34 billion euros) fine by the European Commission for its alleged use of "illegal practices" to push Android apps on smartphone customers.

It is not known how the European Union will respond to Google's appeal, nor how long it will take for the case to be heard.

The EU has said that it will be looking whether to also include evidence that the company is trying to circumvent its other ruling about Google Shopping, which was also found to be non-competitive.

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The Commission said that since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general Internet search.

"They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere".

In particular, Google has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google's app store (the Play Store).

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In response to the charges, Google CEO Sundar Pichai penned a blog post in July titled, "Android has created more choice, not less".

This means Google will have to meet a deadline at the end of October to end the behaviour the European Union says is anticompetitive or face additional fines of up to 5% of average daily global revenue for each day it doesn't comply.

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