Google hit with £3.78 billion EC fine

The EU has fined Google a record €4.3bn over Android antitrust

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President Trump defended Google on Thursday, a day after the European Union slapped the company with a $5 billion fine over violating antitrust laws.

It said Google has imposed illegal restrictions on device manufacturers and GSM operators for the last seven years who use its Android system to strengthen the dominance of its position in the search engine market.

But it's not going to be easy to just ditch Android, and one of Bloomberg's sources actually suggests the company may not be that serious about the idea - calling it a "senior-engineer retention project" created to keep Google's talent busy so they don't go and join rival companies.

It nearly doubles the €2.42b - about Dollars $2.8b - that the European Union levied against the company past year over promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of its search results. "They truly have taken advantage of the U.S., but not for long!", he wrote on the social network.

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Trump appeared to be using the antitrust fine as a weapon in his ongoing trade war with the European Union.

The president is due to conduct crunch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House next week, where he could choose to bring up the Google fine again.

Asked whether breaking up Google would solve the issue, a call made by a number of Google foes, she said she was not sure that was the solution.

Vestager said Google had shut out rivals by forcing major phone makers including South Korea's Samsung and China's Huawei to pre-install its search engine and Google Chrome browser, thereby freezing out rivals. "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.

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Android, which runs about 80 per cent of the world's smartphones according to Strategy Analytics, is the most important of a trio of antitrust cases against Google.

In its ruling, the European Union said Google broke the rules by requiring cellphone makers to take a bundle of Google apps if they wanted any at all.

The EU says Android is used on around 80 percent of mobile devices, both in Europe and worldwide.

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