Trump slams EU for $5.1B fine against Google

Android might not remain free because of new EU ruling

The EU said Wednesday that Google broke the rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps if they wanted to use Google's app store. He also pointed out that users can download other browsers and apps and that many users do just that.

Industry analysts described the European Union order as too late to reshape the industry. Google Search and Chrome are as a result pre-installed on the "significant majority" of devices sold in the EU, the European Commission says.

After the Google fine was issued on Wednesday, Vestager debunked Trump's remarks, stating at a press conference: "I very much like the USA".

The penalty is almost double the previous record of 2.4 billion euros which the US tech company was ordered to pay past year over its online shopping search service.

"This is an important step in disciplining Google's abusive behaviour in relation to Android", said spokesman Thomas Vinje.

"Rapid innovation, wide choice, and falling prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition and Android has enabled all of them", he wrote.

The idea is to start small by bringing Fuchsia to smart home devices like the Google Home smart speaker first, then move on to laptops and eventually phones, according to Bloomberg's sources.

The ruling could open the way for smartphone makers to offer more choice, with devices running different versions of Android, or offering alternative browsers or search engines out of the box.

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Google said that it would appeal the decision.

A third antitrust case, which is still being investigated, involves the Google advertising placement service AdSense.

Google froze Amazon out of the smartphone market, said Margrethe Vestager. Changes to copyright law that would affect tech firms are also being considered.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the fine proves his point that the European Union is taking advantage of the U.S. He wrote, "I told you so!"

He added that the European Commission's decision "ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones, something that 89 percent of respondents to the Commission's own market survey confirmed". That compares to $700,000 in 2011.

Tremosa argues that Google's dominance has obscured the original goal of its search engine: to display most relevant choices.

Fuchsia OS is expected to give Google a bit more control over its consumer-friendly software as far as security updates and general OS updates are concerned. "This ranges from increased fragmentation and greater app inconsistency to increases in hardware cost should Google decide to change or adapt the Android business model", Geoff Blaber said.

"You could see handset makers and operators go into the Africa market with a device that has the Google Play on it, but no other Google services", he said.

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