The European Commission accuses Google of abuse with Android

Еврокомиссия обвиняет Google в злоупотреблениях с Android

European Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager

According to the EC, the concern has hindered the development of competition in European mobile device market.

The European Commission accuses Google of violating the rules of fair competition on the European smartphone market through pressure on manufacturers of devices with Android operating system. This was announced by the European Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager Wednesday, April 20.

According to her, the EC is concerned that the policy of the concern could harm consumers. “In Europe you can dominate, but not to abuse its leading position on the market,” said Vestager.

According to the Commission, Google has obliged the manufacturers of smartphones and tablets on the Android system to install on the device browsers Chrome and Google-search, if they wanted to add to the menu popular app store Play Store from Google. For most companies, having access to the latter is important from a commercial point of view, stressed Vestager.

In addition, producers wishing to use Google products were forbidden to install any other operating systems.

The European Commission has sent to the concern official notice of their claims. During the process against Google EC plans to figure out, could the producers to decide which app to install on their devices. In the case of evidence of guilt Google faces a fine of up to 10 percent of annual sales revenue. According to data for the year 2015, this amount can reach up to 6.5 billion euros.

Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones in the world. The market share of Android devices in Europe, according to the EC, more than 90%.

First notification of claims for violation of the antitrust laws the European Commission sent to the Google group in 2015.

Source: Russian service of DW