Last month, After a seven-year long investigation, the European Union (EU) fined Google with a record $2.7 billion for breaching an anti-trust law, making it the highest fine handed out by EU to a single company as part of an antitrust judgement.
In addition to the aforementioned case, Google was also being invested on two other counts — the Android Operating System and Adsense.
Now the EU antitrust regulators are building up a case against Google over its Android mobile operating system, which they believe is being used by the company to shut out the competition since 2011.
EU claims that Google requires mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google Chrome browser on their devices in order to gain access to other Google apps.
In some cases, the EU even found that Google paid smartphone manufacturers to install only Google Search on their devices.
“The Commission is concerned that Google has stifled choice and innovation in a range of mobile apps and services by pursuing an overall strategy on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in general internet search,” EU Commission press release read.
The fine, in this case, is expected to be around €2.4 billion.
In accordance with the case, if the EU Commission demands that Google Play services be suspended, the company will take a huge hit as a lot of Google’s services are available via Android’s Play Store.
In the last case, After an investigation into its search algorithm, Google has been found guilty of presenting biased search results which favoured its own shopping comparison service.
It was found that Google was showcasing results from Google Shopping, even if they weren’t relevant to the user’s query — eating into the visits which would’ve gone to rival shopping price comparison websites.
The Commission found out that ‘Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service’ and ‘has demoted rival comparison shopping services in its search results’.
While the EU Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, was convinced that Google is at fault, the company denied malpractice and ‘respectfully disagrees’ with the judgement, citing examples of companies like Amazon and eBay which have grown during the same period.
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