The EU may force Google to make significant changes to Androidtechnicalstudio | July 9, 2018 | 0 | Mobiles
One criteria that Google requires phone and tablet manufacturers to comply with if they want access to the internet giant’s Play Store on their Android devices is that Google Chrome and Google Search need to be preinstalled on the device. And European antitrust regulators are none too happy with that.
According to Margrethe Vestager, European Union’s competition chief, this requirement ensures Google’s dominance in maintaining its own ecosystem, giving the company undue advantage over any competing search tool and browser.
Vestager is expected to deliver a decision next week on whether Google will be fined billions of dollars for forcing its apps on makers of Android-toting devices, which could result in significant changes to the mobile operating system.
Cut Google down to size
The crux of Vestager’s argument is the fact that device manufacturers are faced with “an anti-competitive choice” – either Chrome and Google Search need be default tools on the device or they will not be able to use the Google Play Store, something Android users need to download apps and games.
If she decides to slap Google with the fine, it will be the second record fine since last year, when the EU fined Google US$2.7 billion for allegedly lowering the ranking of competitor shopping comparison tools to promote its own.
This article was sourced fromTechRadar