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Google has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android.
The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally "cement its dominant position" in search.
The firm's parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5% of its average global daily turnover.
[edited by: engine at 1:41 pm (utc) on Jul 18, 2018]
[edit reason] corrected fines details at member's request [/edit]
"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules," declared Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's Competition Commissioner.
"It has denied other companies the chance to compete on their merits and to innovate, and most importantly it has denied European consumers the benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation."
Ms Vestager added that the decision could now set a precedent that determines how she handles related complaints about the prominence Google gives to its own maps, flight price results and local business listings within its search tools.
Is this two separate fines? One for Shopping and one for Android
Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's search engine
Brussels, 18 July 2018
The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.
2.42bn €, hm, does that mean a couple of low-level Google employees won’t get a Christmas bonus this year?
Expecting a massive AdSense clawback this month.
We’ve always agreed that with size comes responsibility. A healthy, thriving Android ecosystem is in everyone’s interest, and we’ve shown we’re willing to make changes. 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.
it sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms.
This part has me thinking of the cadence in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": "Good for partners, good for consumers". Good for you. Good for me.
How does the EU have the right to fine anyone?
Good question. What happens with other tariffs?
@Leosghost - You've been explaining an irrelevant question quite well :-)