Google Risks $7.4 Billion Fine for Violating Antitrust Regulations in the EU

Back in April, the EU competition enforcer accused Google of demanding mobile phone makers to pre-install Google Search and Google Chrome browser on smartphones so that they would get access to Google apps.

Reuters reported that the EU competition enforcer have Google until September 20 to respond to charges brought back in April. Then, the European Commission issued a Statement of Objections against Google’s practices.

It seems the Commission was displeased with the fact that the Mountain View-based company required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google Chrome browser, as well as set Google Search as the default search service on handsets so that they could later use Google proprietary apps.

In addition, the company prevented manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing OS based on Android open source code. Google even went so far … (read more)

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