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Belgium: Google charged with breaching EU antitrust law over Android01:56

Belgium: Google charged with breaching EU antitrust law over Android

Belgium, Brussels
April 20, 2016 at 01:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission had filed antitrust charges against Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its Android operating system, during a press conference in Brussels, Wednesday.

"About a year ago I was here to announce that we open an anti-trust investigation into some of Google's business practices relating to the Android operating system and Google's applications running on Android. The preliminary conclusion from our investigation is that these practices breach EU competition law," Vestager announced, before adding: "Today the Commission has therefore sent a statement of objection to Google outlining these charges and giving Google the opportunity to reply to our concerns."

Vestager accused Google of pursuing "an overall strategy on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in Internet search." According to the EC's competition chief, Google does so by "imposing unjustified restrictions and conditions on manufacturers of devices who are running on Android mobile operating system as well as on mobile network operators."

If found guilty, Google may be forced to change its business practices and could face fines of up to 10 percent of the company's global annual sales or a penalty of over €5 billion ($5.6 billion).

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European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission had filed antitrust charges against Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its Android operating system, during a press conference in Brussels, Wednesday.

"About a year ago I was here to announce that we open an anti-trust investigation into some of Google's business practices relating to the Android operating system and Google's applications running on Android. The preliminary conclusion from our investigation is that these practices breach EU competition law," Vestager announced, before adding: "Today the Commission has therefore sent a statement of objection to Google outlining these charges and giving Google the opportunity to reply to our concerns."

Vestager accused Google of pursuing "an overall strategy on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in Internet search." According to the EC's competition chief, Google does so by "imposing unjustified restrictions and conditions on manufacturers of devices who are running on Android mobile operating system as well as on mobile network operators."

If found guilty, Google may be forced to change its business practices and could face fines of up to 10 percent of the company's global annual sales or a penalty of over €5 billion ($5.6 billion).

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