Google is still under the magnifying glass of the European Union, this time because of Android. The operating system administration and related services to the detriment of, competition and innovation.
The European Antitrust Authority would be considering the possibility of inflicting Google a record fine for its practices related to the operating system Android . The figure would be more than 2.4 billion euro sentenced for practices relating to price comparison products.
According to Reuters, referring to unspecified sources, the Authority would have rallied a gathering of experts to determine if the correct conclusion last year the survey came initiated. The Authority had accused Google of improperly use its Android operating system and agreements related to it to exclude rivals from the market and achieve a monopoly.
Google requires that manufacturers who create Android devices to sign agreements that prevent them from using the Android fork of any type or support third-party applications stores. This would hurt companies like Yandex, Aptoide and Amazon, each with its own shop – which must still manually installed by the user and can not be pre-installed directly from the manufacturers like LG or HTC.
Not only that, the agreements provide for the installation of a whole suite of software , called informally Gsuite, which also includes browser, music player, email client, maps and other services. All these sectors see Google in a dominant position or the top places and the Authority would feel this primacy derived from compulsory installation by producers.
In addition to possible fines, between the various offers on the table there would be the unpacking of Google services , freedom for manufacturers to install third-party services, and to use other versions of Android . The experts’ findings should arrive in about a month, although it is not confirmed that their work has already begun and could therefore take longer.