Google could be fined by the EU for ongoing android antitrust violations, demanding Alphabet’s Google to stop offering financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search.
#1 Using Dominant Android Mobile Operating Systems
The EU’s 150-word page document was sent to complainants last week. The EU sent a copy to Google in April in which it accused the company of using an Android mobile operating system to block off competitors.
#2 Google Offers Discounts to Mobile Phone Manufacturers
The EU competition enforcer said it planned to tell Google to stop payments or discounts to mobile phone manufacturers in return for pre-installing Google’s play Store with Google Search.
They want the US technology giant to stop offering smartphone makers to pre-install propriety apps because it restricts downloading other operating systems on Android phones.
#3 The Complaint was Initiated by FairSearch
FairSearch, a lobby group supported by companies initiated the Commission’s investigation in March 2013, hoping to ensure that other companies were not disadvantaged be search engine market dominance.
#4 A Large Fine to Ensure Deterrence
The Commission said that is “intends to set the fine at a level which will be sufficient to ensure deterrence.”
This could see Google facing a large fine due to anti-competitive practices which began in 201 1 and continue.
The fine could be based on revenue from AdWords clicks by EU users, Google Search product queries, Play Store apps and AdMob’s advertisments.
#5 An Android Model that is Good for Competition and Consumers
Google said, “We look forward to showing the European Commission that we’ve designed the Androids model in a way that’s good for both competition and consumers, and supports innovation across the region.”
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