Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Pichai responds to European Union fine, hints Google might start charging for Android

Pichai responds to European Union fine, hints Google might start charging for Android

US President Donald Trump criticised the European competition watchdog's decision to fine Google $5 billion on Wednesday, saying the EU had "taken advantage of the U.S".

The US president took to Twitter to lash out at the European Union, which handed the penalty to the search giant over its Android operating system. It has changed the lives of millions of Europeans.

The European Commission (EC) announced the record-breaking fine on Wednesday after a three-year investigation concluded that Google was in breach of competition law by forcing OEMs to pre-install its search and browser apps in order to licence access to the Google Play Store.

"These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits", Vestager said.

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The president appeared to be using the antitrust fine as a salvo in his escalating trade war with the EU.

European regulators came down hard on another USA tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

Google, naturally, is unimpressed.

Yesterday Google was hit with the whopping fine by the European Commission.

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Google's plan for Fuchsia OS is very clear, they want an operating system that can replace Android, a single OS that can be found in smartphones, tablets, computers and smart devices.

'We've always agreed that with size comes responsibility. "But we are concerned that today's decision will upset the careful balance that we have struck with Android, and that it sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms", Pichai concludes. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition", CEO Sundar Pichai has also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free.

This could be mere posturing from Google, and we'll have to wait and see what becomes of the appeal before we know whether this threat has any teeth or not.

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