April 20, 2016, 18:46 | Technology | Google | competition in Europe
The European Commission accused the US technology Google Inc. in violation of fair competition rules in the European smartphone market by the pressure on manufacturers of devices with Android operating system. This was stated by the European Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager.
According to her, the European Commission is concerned that the group policy could be harmful to consumers. “In Europe, you can dominate, but you can not abuse its leading position in the market”, – said Vestager, whose words leads DW
According to the Commission, the Google oblige manufacturers of smartphones and tablets on the Android system installed on the device and the Chrome browser Google-search for if they wanted to add to the menu of the popular application store Play Store from Google. For most companies, you have access to the latter is important from a commercial point of view, the commissioner stressed. In addition, producers who wish to use the Google products, it was forbidden to install other operating systems.
The European regulator has sent a formal notice concern about their claims. In the process, the European Commission against Google plans to determine whether manufacturers can independently decide which applications to install on their devices. In the case of evidence of guilt Google faces a fine of up to 10% of annual sales revenue. According to data for 2015, this amount may reach EUR 6.5 billion.