Google is fined $5 billion for its illegal restrictions

Google is fined $5 billion for its illegal restrictions

"Today, the commission rules Google has engaged in illegal practices to cement its dominant market position in internet search", European Union's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

The impending decision from the European Union watchdog has come to pass: Google has been fined a record €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) for abusing the Android operating system's dominance in the smartphone market, the largest fine imposed on a company in European Union history.

Prevented Android phone makers from selling devices that run "forked" versions of the operating system.

"The 3 types of practices are said to be "illegal obstruction of development and distribution of competing Android operating systems", Illegal tying of Google's search and browser apps, and illegal payments conditional on exclusive pre-installation of Google Search". Unlockd is fighting for a permanent injunction against its threatened ejection from the Google app store.

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Brussels accused Google of using the Android system's near-stranglehold on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals.

The EU frequently holds tech companies that operate within Europe to account, over issues including tax, privacy and antitrust, but Trump is interpreting this particular fine as a slight against the US. In a lengthy address he says that the "decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less".

After all, if Google can't rely on the revenue stream from Android, that could mean that device manufacturers might, down the line, be faced with paying for Android service - costs that could make for more expensive phones for users.

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