Google challenges $5 bn EU antitrust fine in Android case

Google appeals EU's $5 billion fine over Android antitrust practices

Google has appealed against the European Commission's almost $5 billion fine that was imposed on the tech giant in July for illegally using Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's Search engine.

According to the New York Post, the Department of Justice is also looking into starting an investigation into Google's abuse of its Android monopoly in United States of America, meaning the company may soon be fighting regulators on two fronts.

The EU's executive Commission issued the fine in July after it found Google forced smartphone makers using Android to install the company's search and browser apps.

In a statement to Reuters, Google said it had "filed our appeal of the EC's Android decision at the General Court of the European Union".

"In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine".

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European regulators said Google engaged in practices that prevented its rivals from competing and innovating. During that time, it was uncovered that Google had supposedly arranged payments to some manufacturers and network operators to exclusively pre-install the firm's services such as Search and Chrome by default. "This is illegal under European Union antitrust rules", Vestager added.

Reacting to the ruling, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in July the company will appeal against the Commission's decision.

The decision was made following two years-worth of investigation surrounding Google's Android practices. This stopped Amazon from being able to find third-party companies to make devices using its Android-based Fire OS.

Google's lawyers could be hard at work for years to come battling the decision, as the firm tells Reuters that it has "now filed our appeal of the EC's Android decision at the General Court of the European Union".

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