European Union to fine Google a record $5bn over Android

European Union to fine Google a record $5bn over Android

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made "verbal agreements" with Putin MORE on Thursday lashed out at the European Union for imposing a record $5 billion antitrust fine on Google. In this way, it has cemented the dominance of its search engine.

What the memo hints at, basically, is that Google might have to start charging companies for Android licences, should the European Commision's (EC) demands are granted.

His administration in early March announced tariffs of 25 percent on aluminum and 10 percent on steel imports that also include the European Union.

He went on to say the bloc has taken advantage of the United States, but won't be doing so for much longer. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade.

The European Commission on Wednesday imposed a €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) fine on Google for breaching the EU's antitrust rules through Android.

The EC gave Google's parent company, Alphabet, 90 days to stop such practices or face further penalties. It's still early to tell how the Internet search giant will respond to the ruling, but many observers have been quick to point out that Sundar Pichai's memo contains what could be constituted as "warning shots" regarding the openness of Android. "We intend to appeal", he said in a blog post.

It was argued that Google requiring Android phone manufacturers to pre-install its Chrome browser and Search app had allowed it to gain an unfair advantage over potential rivals.

Google provides Android free to smartphone manufacturers and generates most of its revenue from selling advertisements that appear along with search results.

The Commission opened its investigation into Android following a 2013 complaint from lobbying group FairSearch, which was backed by competitors including Oracle, Nokia and Microsoft.

The EU's decision would bring the running total of Google fines to 6.7 billion after last year's penalty over shopping-search services.

That figure represented a doubling in global revenue in only four years.

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