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Google has been hit with a record €4.34bn fine for Android antitrust violations

July 18, 2018 / Mark Jones

Google has been hit with a record fine of €4.34bn (£3.9bn) by the European Commission, accusing the company of using the Android operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position”. According to the Commission, the ad tech giant has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators since 2011 in efforts to secure a monopoly on general internet search. The firm’s parent Alphabet must now bring the conduct to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of its annual daily turnover, while it has announced plans to appeal. What’s Google being accused of? According to the Commission, Google’s breaches of EU antitrust laws are threefold and relate to the pre-installation of Google-related apps on its Android devices, that include: 1. As a condition for licensing Google’s app marketplace ‘Play Store’, the company has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google search...