European Union Could Slap Google with Fine over Android Competitive Practices

European Union Could Slap Google

European Union has been conducting investigation on anti-competitive practices related to Google's Android mobile operating system and the U. S. technology major could face a massive fine, as per latest media reports. Google has denied the charges but European authorities believe that Google has been misusing its authority in case of Android mobile OS by pushing hardware manufacturers to install some of its apps by default.

The report first published by Reuters suggests that Google could face a massive fine which would be decided on basis of search advertising earnings of Google in European Union and the sales the company has registered on its Google Play store. Google has contested the charges in the past as well. The investigation has been going on for more than six years and Google could be asked to reply to the charges this month.

Reuters has access to a document with more than 150 pages, with details of charges against Google. Antitrust regulators in European Union could order Google to stop making payments or offering incentives to hardware manufacturers to pre-install some of Google apps on smartphones. This gives a competitive edge to Google in terms of search and many other applications.

The Reuters report added, "The EU competition enforcer in its charge sheet, known as a statement of objections, said it planned to tell the U. S. technology giant to halt payments or discounts to mobile phone manufacturers in return for pre-installing Google's Play Store with Google Search."

European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso has declined has to comment on Reuters report on Android OS investigation. Google is facing other investigations in Europe as well.

Regarding EU investigation, Google added, "We look forward to showing the European Commission that we've designed the Android model in a way that's good for both competition and consumers, and supports innovation across the region."

European Union opened an investigation after FairSearch, a lobby group supported by Nokia, Oracle, TripAdvisor, Expedia and many other companies pressed charges against Google for using its position in search engine and mobile OS segment.

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