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Nightmarish fragmentation and expensive phones: Here’s how Google’s big Android changes could play out
Google's alterations to Android are yet to play out but, depending on what phone makers like Samsung decide to do, it could lead to higher phone prices inside Europe and worsen the operating system's fragmentation problems.
Google was fined €4.3 billion ($5 billion) in July by the EU antitrust watchdog over its Android monopoly. The EU gave Google 90 days to get its house in order or else face fines of over $15 million for each day it fails to comply. Google is now implementing changes to comply with the decision.
Google secretly tried to stop the probe into Android a year before its record $5 billion fine from the EU
Google tried to settle with the European Commission over the investigation into Android a year before it was hit with a $5 billion fine. Google lawyers reportedly started talking to European Union counterparts last June about settling the Android investigation.
US president Donald Trump criticised the European competition watchdog's decision to fine Google $5 billion, saying the EU had 'taken advantage of the U.S.' He appeared to be using the antitrust fine as a salvo in his escalating trade war with the EU.
Google’s CEO says the EU’s record $5 billion antitrust ruling could ‘upset the balance’ of Android and be a huge win for Apple...
Google is appealing the EU's record $5 billion fine over abusing the dominance of Android. CEO Sundar Pichai suggested that the ruling could destroy the Android ecosystem.
There's lots of speculation that Google will eventually be broken up, and that if a split happens, it will be European regulators who are responsible. The woman most likely to pick up the axe is Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition who just handed Google a $5bn fine.
Google has been fined an unprecedented 4.3 billion euros, or $5 billion, by the European Union's competition watchdog, which found three very specific antitrust breaches.
Google is accused of forcing smartphone makers to preinstall its services, such as Google Search, on Android. The timing couldn't be worse for Google given the growing global appetite to break up big tech.