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Google appeals to $5 billion antitrust fine

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The tech giant Google was recently fined by the European Commision saying that the company’s Android policies had “denied rivals a chance to innovate and compete”.

Back in July, Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s competition commissioner criticized how closed the supposedly open-source platform is and how it could have provided a platform for rival search engines and other app developers to thrive.

It was determined that Google was acting illegally due to the following reasons:

  • Google required any Android handset and tablet to have pre-installed the Google Search app and Chrome browser as a condition to access the Play Store.
  • They paid manufacturers and mobile network operators to make them agree to pre-install said applicaations.
  • Thus, this prevented manufacturers from selling smart devices powered by alternative custom Android distributions which used other apps.

The Company was given up until the end of October to make changes to Android at EU’s demands and are not allowed to ask for an extension.

In Google’s defense, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said Android had enabled rapid innovation, wide choice and falling prices, which has created more choices for consumers, not less.

Nonetheless, Google has begun to appeal to the fine, but a final appeal is still possible at the Court of Justice of the European Union, in the condition that it only has to concern points.