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Google files appeal against 4-billion-euro fine in Android case

Europe
10.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Brussels (dpa) - Google has filed its appeal against the European Commission‘s record fine of 4.3 billion euros (4.94 billion dollars) for breaching EU competition rules with its Android operating system for smartphones and tablets.

Google submitted the appeal to the European Court of Justice on Tuesday, one day before the deadline.

Apart from handing down the record fine in July, the commission also demanded Google make profound changes to its Android business model.

According to the commission, the European Union‘s executive, Google is misusing its market power for its own benefit. This includes requiring manufacturers to pre-install its own search and browser apps to access Google‘s app store; paying some providers to exclusively pre-install Google Search; and limiting the ability of manufacturers to sell phones running alternative versions of Android.

"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said at the time of the decision.

Google has hinted that if it is forced to change its business model, Android may no longer be offered as open-source software.

The tech giant had already announced its intention to appeal the decision, which could lead to a lengthy court battle.

 

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