Will $5 Billion EU Fine Change Google Android Tactics?
Google is being hit by the biggest fine to date from EU regulators, stating that they have abused their Android market dominance in three key areas. Those areas include forcing devices to have Chrome to access the play store, paying large manufacturers and mobile network operators to pre-install the Google Search app, and preventing manufacturers from selling devices powered by "forked" versions of Android.
Google has been given 90 days to change its business practices, with threats that the fine could grow even higher and include penalty payments.
"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. "These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits."