Google Facing Another Antitrust Charge by EU
Apr 21, 2016 06:31 AM EDT
Google is now officially facing another antitrust case from the EU, or the European Union. After being laid many other files from other countries, Google is yet to address the scheduled case that is expected to extract large fines from the U.S. company.
As per Reuters, Google was charged by the European Union with its use of the Android mobile operating system to narrow out its rivals. The antitrust regulators of EU stated that through the requirement given to mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Chrome and Google Chrome browser for access to other Google apps, the company was somewhat harming consumers.
France 24 delivered that the move done by the European Union is the current one in a long list of antitrust predicaments that Google has found itself in, including that of India, Brazil and Russia. On the other hand, Google was absolved by the U.S. regulators as they closed their latest investigation of the company last 2013, with no action being taken at all.
The methods used by Google, as per the European Commission, was apparent that Google was looking to conceal and protect its search engine from competition, given that it is indeed, the world's most renowned choice. It was a practice that started last 2011 wherein the company was hailed superior in the mobile operating systems and app stores.
According to Yahoo Finance, Google can still be recalled of having EU charges due to the promotion of its shopping service in Internet searches, at the expense of rival services. It was in late 2010 and was still not rectified after three attempts of resolution.
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager declared and was quoted, "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe. We believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players."
Google was reported on holding more than 90 percent of the market of the market for general Internet searches on Android. The European Commission said that over 80 percent of smart mobile devices in Europe run on Android devices, meaning that Google holds control over a large chunk of the search engine industry.