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EU Fines Google $5.1 B for Abuse of Power

Google and the European Union are certainly not on friendly terms now, and haven’t for quite some time. That’s because Google’s business practices are called into question and the search giant is not the winning of arguments. The latest focus of the EU is Android, and the result is a huge fine and the demand for change.

In June last year, the EU has fined Google $2.7 billion for the illegal steering users in the direction of the comparison shopping website. This week, a fine of $5.1 billion was distributed because Google has to be found to abuse its power in the smartphone market.

As The New York Times reports that the record fine is a comment on the ” Google strikes with handset manufacturers who opt to use the Android operating system. Google requires that these third-party handsets use Google search bar and a default to use the default Chrome browser in exchange for access to the latest versions of Android. Financial incentives were also offered to both handset makers and wireless carriers in back.

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European officials to the conclusion that the agreements, Google would not be denied and, therefore, is the limited competition. By doing these offers, Google has broken European antitrust laws, and therefore must be punished, but also forced to change its practices. Therefore, in addition to the value of $ 5.1 billion fine, Google has been given 90 days “to the end of its practices.”

As you might expect, Google is planning to appeal the ruling and thus push the date at which it must stop the offer and the enforcement of these agreements, for the benefit of her services. If the ruling stands, consumers in the EU could soon find many more Android smartphones are offered with the non-Google web browsers and search engines set as the default. It would still take years before that happens, though.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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