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Brussels last a historical fine to Google for domain abuse with Android

The sanction, according to sources close to the case, is around 4 billion, the largest ever imposed by the European Commission

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Brussels last a historical fine to Google for domain abuse with Android

Brussels launches its strongest offensive against Google. The European Commission is now ready a record fine for U.S. giant for abuse of dominant position through Android, its mobile operating system, which use virtually all less Apple manufacturers. The technological signature requires brands that use this system default installation of ir own applications like Google search engine or Chrome browser. This is one of practices that European authorities judge against competition and which worth greatest punishment imposed by an antimonopoly case (about 4 billion euros). The previous record was also reached by Google. The decision stresses even more already complex transatlantic relationship.

The Android process is now completed, after several years of research, and decision is expected to be communicated on Wednesday, as country has been able to know. The European Commission was clear that it would close case before holidays, but had hesitated to impose sanction on American firm last week or this. The level of confrontation reached with US President Donald Trump's visit to NATO summit in Brussels advised him to postpone fine.

The Community executive has tried, at same time, to take away as much as possible this initiative from visit that President of this institution, Jean-Claude Juncker, will make to Trump next week in White House. Both institutions confirmed this Tuesday that meeting will be held on 25 July. However, effect it causes in spirit of American tycoon is uncertain. The great technology has never been Trump's favorite sector, which was very close to former president, Barack Obama.

The penalty for abuse of dominant position with Android will surpass 2.424 billion taxes in 2017 also to Google for systematically favoring Google Shopping, its service of comparison of prices. The reason is that scope of Android case is much higher than price compared, since 90% of mobiles in Europe incorporate Android. And that quota has grown vertiginously in recent years.

Own applications

With investigation open in this case, Brussels was trying to investigate wher, using this privileged position, Google favors its own applications (maps, email...) and refore moves to or competitors. Faced with suspicions that it was so, in April 2016 opened a statement of charges to firm ( first step of infringement process in competition) and finally opted for a record fine.

The calculations about damage that Google has caused to its competitors by demanding a favorable treatment towards its applications in Android devices increase sanction to environment of 4 billion euros. More than fine itself, biggest repercussions for company can come from remedies that Brussels will require to comply with European free market laws, as community sources explain.

Last year, Google has already received largest anti-monopoly fine ever imposed by EU. The case n specifically referred to pricing service. The commission accused Google of favoring its own services and payment announcements without users being aware of bias.

Android has an absolute domain of mobile operating systems that govern phones and tablets. The world market share is 85.9% versus 14% of IOS, which use Apple's iPhone, and 0.1% of or systems (primarily Windows), according to consultant Gartner. Also almost all manufacturers, except Apple, incorporate Google system to ir devices (Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, LG, Sony, Live, etc.).

Before Google cases, biggest fine of European competition authorities to a single company had fallen by 2009 in Intel, which faced a payment of 1.06 billion. After a long litigation, European justice left decision last year in abeyance. The community judges returned matter for defects of form to General court (lower instance of Court of Luxembourg), which in 2014 gave reason to Brussels. That return meant for Intel a new opportunity to dodge fine or see its reduced amount, but it did not imply that it was to be cancelled.

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