Google is not alone. Europe has been taking on tech companies for decades
- Google has been fined a record $5 billion by the European competition watchdog for abusing the dominance of its mobile operating system Android.
LONDON (CNNMoney) — Europe has a long history of putting Big Tech under a microscope.
The latest example came Wednesday, when the European Commission imposed a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine on Google for abusing the dominant market position of its Android smartphone operating system.
The European Union has emerged as a tech battleground because it has developed and applied tough rules on data protection, hate speech, taxation and competition issues.
“When you are a dominant company in Europe, you are subjected to more scrutiny and responsibility,” said Nicolas Petit, a professor at the University of Liege and visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.
As Sundar Pichai said –
Android has created more choice, not less
If you buy an Android phone, you’re choosing one of the world’s two most popular mobile platforms—one that has expanded the choice of phones available around the world.
Today, the European Commission issued a competition decision against Android, and its business model. The decision ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones, something that 89 percent of respondents to the Commission’s own market survey confirmed. It also misses just how much choice Android provides to thousands of phone makers and mobile network operators who build and sell Android devices; to millions of app developers around the world who have built their businesses with Android; and billions of consumers who can now afford and use cutting-edge Android smartphones.
Today, because of Android, there are more than 24,000 devices, at every price point, from more than 1,300 different brands, including Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish phone makers.