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Google's Android found in breach of EU antitrust rules

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Google's Android found in breach of EU antitrust rules

It serves the purpose of officially informing the parties of the objections raised against them. Google now has the opportunity to exercise its right of defence by replying in writing over the next 12 weeks and requesting an oral hearing.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behaviour denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules".
 
Google published its first reaction on its Europe blog, in an article signed by Senior Vice President & General Counsel Kent Walker. Kent countered Vestige’s claims pointing out that pre-loaded apps include products from its competition, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, and that users are free personalize their devices. He added that "Android is free for manufacturers to use”, and that at Google  “we offset our costs through the revenue we generate on our Google apps and services we distribute via Android." 
 
In this very interesting piece on the Financial Times, John Gapper draws an insightful parallel between Google and Microsoft EU troubles, and explains how “a masterpiece of craftiness” ensured to Android control of 80% of the world mobile marker without facing antitrust charges - until now. 

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Elena Perotti

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2016-04-21 09:25

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