EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine for ‘very serious illegal behaviour’ in Android antitrust case

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The European Commission has fined Google a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) in an antitrust case that saw the company accused of using Android as a “vehicle to cement its dominance as a search engine”. The Commission said that Google forced phone makers to pre-install its software on their handsets, taking advantage of Android’s popularity, and breaching European antitrust rules. The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager summed things up by saying Google has been “denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits”. See also: Chrome’s RAM usage is higher than ever as Google introduces Site Isolation to…

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