European Union slaps Google with $5 billion fine

EU Slaps Google with Record Fine for Pushing Apps to Android Users

The EU accuses Google of using Android - the mobile operating system in over 80% of the world's smartphones - to cement the dominance of its Chrome browser, cutting app bundling deals with phone vendors. When setting up a new phone, users should see a list of browser apps, with ratings from users and independent reviewers, along with a list of email applications and mapping and navigation apps.

Trump described Google as "one of our great companies".

The Commission, however, said that as Google obtains the vast majority of its revenues via its flagship product, the Google search engine, the company understood early on that the shift from desktop PCs to mobile Internet, which started in mid-2000, would be a fundamental change for Google Search.

In June 2017, regulators already fined Google 2.42 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for favoring its shopping listings in search results.

"Google is a company with a lot of enemies, including in the United States", he said. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition".

It's remained mostly shrouded in mystery since then, but a new report from Bloomberg claims that Fuchsia will be an all-encompassing operating system reaching across Google's entire family of hardware - including smart home devices. Android has enabled this and created more choice for everyone, not less.

Google said that it would appeal the decision.

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Workers in Spain are out on a three-day strike, meanwhile, while in Poland they are staging a work to rule, Verdi said. "Some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we're working to resolve this issue quickly", the company wrote.

In addition, her team has a third investigation underway into Google's advert-placing business AdSense.

Google froze Amazon out of the smartphone market, said Margrethe Vestager.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the fine proves his point that the European Union is taking advantage of the U.S. He wrote, "I told you so!"

Tech companies have also been forced this year to bring their operations into compliance with GDPR, a new set of European Union regulations that give consumers much more control over their personal data. Facebook will also be looking for changing its business model under pressure.

He added that the European Commission's decision "ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones, something that 89 percent of respondents to the Commission's own market survey confirmed".

What does the regulator want Google to do now?

Google Search, Chrome and the Play Store are popular with consumers and developers. "It is not offering the best choices for consumers".

Google has 90 days to either halt such anti-competitive practices with smartphone makers and telecoms providers or seek a delay of the order while it appeals. These protestors took it to a different level when they raised a baby faced balloon of Donald Trump and made fun of him in a previously unparalleled way.

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