Why it matters: In 2018, Google was fined $5.1 billion by EU regulations over how Android could dominate the market in questionable ways. The search giant is trying to overturn the ruling, wondering why its rival Apple is being ignored in this case.
Three years ago, the European Commission imposed heavy fines on the tech company, citing illegal actions by OS-installed hardware in order to keep its search engines ahead of the market.
The commission said that if smartphone makers are allowed to use their App Store, Google will require manufacturers to install Google Search and Chrome browser before installing them. Google's attorney, Meredith Pickford, is currently arguing that Apple's iOS should be on the agenda, according to Reuters. "The committee has turned a blind eye to the real competition in the industry, between Apple and Android," he said. "Commissions, by pinpointing markets and downplaying Apple's stringent restrictions, have mistakenly outperformed Google in their mobile operating systems and app stores, when in fact they have represented severe market disruption."
Beckford added that Android is an "exceptional success story for competitive strength in action." The commission's attorney, Nicholas Kahn, responded that Apple's antitrust investigation would have no effect due to its smaller market share. Google and Apple follow different models. Why is Apple ignoring 'too strong'? p>
Observers claimed that the developers had fake versions of Android, and the company was also said to have pushed the developers of various devices to install the Google Search app. and other OEMs for Android devices. Google is supported by German phone maker Gigaset Communications.
If it wasn't for the open Android platform, it wouldn't work, and the Play Store license cost left no choice but to increase the price of smartphones.
Commissioner Nicholas Kahn said major barriers to competitors lead to "a good loop for Google but a bad cycle for everyone else." A classic strategy for taste and change. In an operating system that appears to be free and open source, powered by its own research monopoly, only in order for the system to continue to compete through the network of limitations discussed in this case. "But regardless of the outcome, new rules planned by the European Union may be affected by Google and Apple. Future rules will require them to share data with competing operating systems. Another restrictive antitrust law is forcing companies to allow users to uninstall pre-installed apps." p>
Google fights $5.1 billion fine by asking why it ignores 'too powerful Apple'