Google hit with record fine in Android monopoly case by Eu

Google will be struck with a record European Union (EU) fine for using its Android smartphone program to reinforce its search engine reach.

Google hit with record fine in Android monopoly

The fine which is probably to be enforced down Tuesday or Wednesday -- will likely eclipse the 2.1 bn pound monopoly abuse punishment Google paid last year over its internet shopping company and escalates the war between Silicon Valley and Brussels, The Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The European Commission's competition chief Margrethe Vestager was investigating Google for three years on complaints that the business illegally compels smartphone makers to set up its programs.

It gives its Android OS to give manufacturers licenses at no cost, however, transforms them into "exclusivity arrangements" that induce them to install Google's browser and search engine should they use the Google Play program store, the report said.

Opponents assert that this represents a misuse of Android's 74 per share of the European smartphone market and harms rival search engines and browsers.

Meanwhile, Google insists the agreements permit Android to remain free to manufacturers and help them compete against Apple.

The commission has the ability to fine Google up to 10 percent of its parent company Alphabet's yearly turnover, or 9.5 bn euro (8.4 bn lbs ).

Though it isn't predicted to use the full extent of its powers, the fine is very likely to be higher than the 2.4 bn euros which Google was ordered to pay in June a year over claims it packed search results with its own shopping adverts, squeezing out cost comparison services.

Regarding this fine, Google is set to be arranged to break its arrangements with phone manufacturers. This may imply more Android smartphones being marketed without Google software set up, potentially boosting rival internet search engines and browsers like Microsoft's Bing or Firefox