U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record $5-billion fine European antitrust regulators imposed on Google.
"Google has engaged in illegal practices to cement its dominant market position in internet search".
European Union officials have been investigating Google contracts that require manufacturers of Android phones to take Google's search and browser apps and other Google services when they want to license the Play app store.
"Today the commission has chose to fine Google 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) for breaching European Union antitrust rules", Vestager told a press conference in Brussels.
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the USA tech giant illegally used Android's near-monopoly to boost usage of its own search engine and browser.
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The European Commission exceeds last year's then-record 2.4 billion-euro penalty following an investigation into Google's shopping-search service.
The EU gave Google 90 days to come up with remedies that could allow rival search apps and browsers onto more phones.
We can offer phone makers the option of pre-loading a suite of popular Google apps (such as Search, Chrome, Play, Maps and Gmail), some of which generate revenue for us, and all of which help ensure the phone "just works", right out of the box. Justifying its decisions by saying, Google said that open source platforms need to balance the needs of everyone to be successful.
"Today's decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less". In the post, Google took a firm stand for itself and said that Android has helped 1,300 different smartphone manufacturers to develop Android-based mobiles.
Previous year eMarketer forecast almost $50billion would be made by Google in 2017 from mobile ad revenue. That would yield crucial real estate for app developers given that about 80 percent of smart mobile devices use Android.