Google gets fined $5 billion
On July 18, 2018, the European Commission hit Google with a $5 billion fine for antitrust violations. The EU claimed that the tech company used Android, the dominant operating system of 85% of cell phones, to promote its products over competitors.
The European Commission has not been happy with smartphones being pre installed with Google Search.
The company relied on consumer’s dependence on the Play Store to include Google Chrome and search engine as a package deal. This move inevitably meant that users would be inclined to use Google search as it was directly included in the system. In effect, the company made using a rival search engine less convenient, thus giving its own systems an unfair advantage. Google has 90 days to pay the fine and stop bundling Play Store and Google Chrome unless its appeal is successful.
Google has 90 days to stop bundling Play Store and Google Chrome.