The European Union slapped Google with a $5 billion fine Wednesday, alleging that the tech giant has acted in an uncompetitive manner by pre-loading apps and its services, such as Google search and the Chrome browser, onto Android phones. But as the specifics of the complaint are being pored over, it’s not clear how this will affect the more than 2 billion people across the globe who use Google’s Android operating system every month.
At least in the short term, consumers won’t see many changes to the phones in their pockets. For one, the complaint gives Google 90 days to change its practices in Europe. Also, Google has said it will appeal the decision.
Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung may win from Google fine
An antitrust judgment against Google invites more competition from software developers including Microsoft, Amazon and Samsung Electronics, but still leaves them at an disadvantage, industry executives and analysts said.
Google received a record €4.3 billion antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices.
FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google
Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also told Reuters he had spoken to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about the penalty.
While Simons’ remark is a bland and non-committal statement, it may signal a willingness by the FTC to take another look at Google’s market position and business practices. It’s far from clear what the outcome of any such investigation would be.
U.S. tech enforcer says will read 'closely' EU statement on Google
The head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has investigated Alphabet's Google in the past for abuse of web dominance, said on Wednesday he would take a close look at Europe's recent decision to fine the company 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion).
EU order against Google opens new doors for mobile industry
A European Union antitrust judgment against Google on Wednesday invites more competition from software developers including Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, but still leaves them at an disadvantage, industry executives and analysts told Reuters.
The EU found that the Alphabet Inc unit illegally bolstered its dominance in the mobile business since 2011 by forcing Android device makers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser together with its Google Play app store, paying them to pre-install only Google Search, and blocking them from using modified versions of Android.