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Nightmarish fragmentation and expensive phones: Here’s how Google’s big Android changes could play out
Google's alterations to Android are yet to play out but, depending on what phone makers like Samsung decide to do, it could lead to higher phone prices inside Europe and worsen the operating system's fragmentation problems.
Google was fined €4.3 billion ($5 billion) in July by the EU antitrust watchdog over its Android monopoly. The EU gave Google 90 days to get its house in order or else face fines of over $15 million for each day it fails to comply. Google is now implementing changes to comply with the decision.
Google has submitted an appeal to the EU refuting the €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine it received for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Google is following through on its promise to appeal when the fine was imposed in July.
Britain and the EU are currently discussing a new relationship for financial services, most likely based around the principle of equivalence.
This chart shows how dominant Google is in Europe and the UK: About 9 out of every 10 consumers there use Google’s search engine
Google was fined by the European watchdog commission for a record $5 billion in violation of antitrust laws, after a 2016 investigation led to the conclusion that Google had abused Android's dominance of the smartphone market in favor of its search engine and Chrome browser.
Google is accused of forcing smartphone makers to preinstall its services, such as Google Search, on Android. The timing couldn't be worse for Google given the growing global appetite to break up big tech.
Google is staring down the barrel of another massive fine and a crackdown that could rip the company apart
Google is braced for its own Microsoft moment. The search giant may be hit with another massive fine from the European Union in an antitrust case that involves its popular Android operating system.
The unannounced raids are part of an as yet unannounced sports rights competition probe.
Europe is retaliating against Trump’s tariffs by targeting classic American products like blue jeans and bourbon
The European Union is targeting classic American products like bourbon, blue jeans, and motorcycles to strike back after President Trump's new tariffs.
THE TRADE WAR IS HERE: Trump sets off a chain reaction with massive tariff announcements as countries vow to retaliate
Canada, the UK, and the European Union are already issuing warnings and expressing concern about the US's recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum.