EU Expected To Fine Alphabet For Google App Practices

EU to order Alphabet to stop paying smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps

The EU is expected to fine Google’s parent company, Alphabet, over anti-competition practices. Anti-trust regulators from the EU plan to order Alphabet to cease paying smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps, such as Google Play Store or its search app, onto their phones. Google received a 150-page document from the EU competition enforcer in April 2016 accusing it of using Android’s dominant position to shut out rival app makers. The document told the company that it could not “punish or threaten” smartphone manufacturers in order to make them comply. It also added that “The Commission intends to set the fine… which will be sufficient to ensure deterrence”, which would be based on the level of AdWords revenue generated by European users. 

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