Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

European Union antitrust regulators fine Google record US$5 billion

European Union antitrust regulators fine Google record US$5 billion

That announcement came along with a record-breaking fine of €4.34b (USD $5.05b). "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". If the European Union ruling comes into force, these companies would be able to free to push their own browsers as the default option and also change the default search engine.

The European Commission has fined Google five billion USA dollars for anti-trust violations - the biggest fine given by European anti-trust regulators against a single firm.

"I very much like the US", she said at a news conference to announce the Google fine, when asked about a remark by US President Donald Trump, inset, that she "hated" the country, reportedly made at a G7 summit last month. Unlockd is fighting for a permanent injunction against its threatened ejection from the Google app store. They also have to make Google Search the phone's default search engine.

Prevented Android phone makers from selling devices that run "forked" versions of the operating system. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. In a lengthy address he says that the "decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less". "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition", CEO Sundar Pichai has also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free. "But we are concerned that today's decision will upset the careful balance that we have struck with Android, and that it sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms", Pichai concludes.

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