Tuesday April 19, 2016

EU Competition Chief Set To Charge Google With Android Abuse

According to Reuters, the European Commission is finalizing formal charges against Google over giving unfair prominence to its own apps, a violation of antitrust rules. If Google is found guilty, the company could face a fine of up to ten percent of its 2015 revenue or $7.4 billion.

The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources familiar with the process said on Monday. Google generated an estimated $11 billion (9.73 billion euros) last year from sales of ads running on Android phones featuring Google apps. Android has become the dominant software in recent years, running most of the world's smartphones.