EU Hands Google 4.3 Billion Euro Fine in Android Antitrust Case
The European Commission this week handed down a record fine of 4.3 billion euros to Google after it had been found that the Alphabet-owned company’s mobile device strategy had unfairly strengthened its dominance of search.
It is currently the largest fine ever imposed by a regulator against a firm after competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager previously penalized the company 2.4 billion euros in another investigation, a ruling that is still being appealed by Google.
Google’s Android OS had been the target of the Commission’s scrutiny since April 2015 after trade group Fairsearch made a complaint. Android had 64% of the market share in Europe at that time, which has now grown to 74%.