So, Android may not remain anything to be free now? Because Google has hit with a record-breaking fine totaling €4.3 billion or $5 billion by the European Commission in relation to Android. The fine by EU regulators for breaking the antitrust law, as said, Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas.
First of all the search giant uses its position to bundle Chrome app with handsets and Android operating system throughout the continent. Secondly, Google has also blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android, and it “made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundling the Google search app on handsets. And there are other factors to disclose this situation. Here are the details you need to know about.
Indeed, Google has been pushing its web browser and Google Search while also providing hardware makers from releasing handsets that run a forked version of Android. All things that EU has given Google 90 days to cease and stop requiring Google Search on Android.
Now that Google rebukes EU anti-trust ruling, which claims Android fosters competition. While the outcome of the ruling, along with the need to hand over a fair chunk of cash, means that Google will have to completely stop forcing phone makers to install Chrome and Google Search in order to be allowed to also offer the Google Play Store on their handsets.
As the European Commission now wants Google to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.” As the commission says Google “did not provide any credible evidence that Android forks would be affected by technical failures or fail to support apps.” Google’s illegal payments for app bundling ceased in 2014 after the EU started to look into the issue.
Google has stopped paying OEMs and carriers in order to have Google Search be the exclusive search offerings on devices after the EU started to dig into the issue back in 2014, while with a new ruling, Google has said that it will appeal the decision saying that “Android has created more choice for everyone, not less. A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition.”
CEO of Google’s Android services also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free. This could be more posturing from Google, and we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the appeal before we know whether this threat has any teeth or not.
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