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Google challenges record $5 billion European Union antitrust fine

Mobile Device Applications for Android Google is pushing back on a $5 billion fine from the EU. Nur
Priscilla Morrison | 10 October, 2018, 20:06

Google was convicted in July by the EU of abusing its dominant position in Android and had until the 22nd of October to present solutions to the European Commission.

"We have now filed our appeal of the EC's Android decision at the General Court of the EU", Google said in a statement.

Google also faces a $2.7 billion fine from the Europe's anti-trust body for ranking its own shopping services higher than those of its competitors in search results.

"Our case is about three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine", said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who is in charge of competition policy.

In July, the European Commission fined Google over concern the search giant's agreements with phone makers, such as Huawei, Samsung and LG, put those companies at a disadvantage by making them dependent on Android.

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In his response, Pichai argued that users can easily install alternatives to Google's pre-loaded apps, and that not all of its Android partners come with pre-installed Google apps, citing Amazon's Fire devices.

The decision, according to the Google CEO, ignored the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones.

The company referred to arguments put forward by Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the day of the European Union ruling in July, of which the main one is that Android has created more choice for consumers, not less.

But according to industry-tracker Gartner, Android dominated the smartphone market with a share of 85.9 per cent a year ago, to around 14 per cent for Apple's iOS.

The appeal could take years to snake its way through the European Union court system.

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