Google appeals the EU's record-breaking $5bn antitrust fine against Android

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager ordered Google to halt anti-competitive practices in contractual deals with smartphone makers

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager ordered Google to halt anti-competitive practices in contractual deals with smartphone makers

Google has appealed against the European Commission's almost $5 billion fine that was imposed on the tech giant in July for illegally using Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's Search engine.

It is not known how the European Union will respond to Google's appeal, nor how long it will take for the case to be heard.

The Commission's ruling gave Google 90 days to end the anti-competitive behaviours or face additional penalty.

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In its July decision, the Commission found Google guilty of preventing Android manufacturers from selling devices with unapproved Android forks, paying manufacturers to pre-install Search exclusively, and requiring them to include Google Search and Chrome on their devices.

"We have now filed our appeal of the EC's Android decision at the General Court of the EU", Google said in a statement. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. Under the agreements, certain Google apps, search tools and the Google Play Store must be preinstalled on Android devices, allowing Google to strengthen its dominance in search. And it paid manufacturers to make Google Search the default search engine on their devices.

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The company referred to arguments put forward by Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the day of the European Union ruling in July, of which the main one is that Android has created more choice for consumers, not less.

The decision was made following two years-worth of investigation surrounding Google's Android practices.

KitGuru Says: Google's primary source of income from Android is the hits off its Search and Chrome applications, given that the operating system itself is free.

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