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EU charges Google with abusing Android market dominance

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Google Logo 2010The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system that could lead to large fines.

European Union antitrust regulators said that by requiring mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser, the company was denying consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and stifling innovation.

Google, the U.S. technology giant, is already facing EU charges over the promotion of its shopping service in Internet searches at the expense of rival services.

The case has dragged on since late 2010 despite three attempts to resolve the issues.

The stakes are higher for Google in the Android case as it made about $11 billion last year from advertising sales on Android phones through its apps such as Maps, Search and Gmail, according to estimates by financial analyst Richard Windsor.

“A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“We believe that Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players,” she said.

Internet Explorer-browser maker, Microsoft Corp, declined comment.

Suppliers of browsers including Mozilla, which is behind Firefox, as well as Apple, with its Safari browser, and Norway’s Opera Software, were not immediately available for comment.

The European Commission said about 80 per cent of smart mobile devices in Europe and the world run on Android, the operating system developed by Google.

Google, which has 12 weeks to respond to the charges, said in a statement that Android was a remarkable system based on open-source software and open innovation.

“We look forward to working with the European Commission to demonstrate that Android is good for competition and good for consumers,” Google’s General Counsel, Kent Walker, said.

FairSearch, the lead complainant, said Google had launched Android as an open source project, but was now hindering the development of versions that might lead to new operating systems able to compete with Android.

The Commission alleges Google has breached EU antitrust rules by making phone manufacturers pre-install its search function and Chrome browser.

It said by so doing, it prevented them from selling mobiles running competing operating systems based on the Android open source code.

The EU also charged the company with giving financial incentives to manufacturers and network operators to pre-install Google Search exclusively on devices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. ade

    April 20, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    So the whole world now runs on only america operating system, and no one is seeing anything about it to have it stopped or checked, america wants to control the whole world, we are allowing them easily

  2. IJS

    April 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    @ade, who is we? We have not solved electricity and feeding issues you want us to enter operating systems

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