Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Google is fined $5 billion for its illegal restrictions

Google is fined $5 billion for its illegal restrictions

The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union for fining Google $7.4 billion ($5 billion US) for harming its competitors, tweeting that the incident proved the regional bloc has "taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!"

He wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I told you so!"

The European competition watchdog has fined Google of a record $5 billion (€4.3 billion) for abusing the dominance of its mobile operating system Android and forcing the 3 types of illegal restrictions on the use of Android, the governing body said Wednesday. "They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!" The fine is almost double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay a year ago, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Google was previously penalized by the European Commission just past year, when the search giant was slapped with a $2.7 billion fine for lowering the ranking of competitor shopping comparison tools to promote its own.

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GettySundar Pichai hinted the'free distribution of Android could be disrupted

Google's plan for Fuchsia OS is very clear, they want an operating system that can replace Android, a single OS that can be found in smartphones, tablets, computers and smart devices.

Google Europe CEO Sundar Pichai posted a blog defending the tech company's position, saying the ruling ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones.

The bundle contains 11 apps, including YouTube, Maps and Gmail, but regulators focused on three that had the biggest market share: Google Search, Chrome and the company's app store, called Play Store.

Google hinted that the harsh decision would force it to charge Smartphone manufacturers for Android platform which would disturb the proprietary systems over open platforms.

This could be mere 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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