Google Hit With Massive 4.3 Billion Euro Penalty Over Android | 7/19/2018 | Staff
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Google has just been slapped with a record-breaking 4.3 billion euro fine, as the Silicon Valley giant stands accused of illegally using its dominant position with Android to push its online search services to mobile devices. The fine comes to around almost 5 billion US dollars, a penalty that Google parent company Alphabet plans to appeal.

Android has been an overwhelming majority in the mobile space for a few years now, with the operating system used in more than 80 percent of smartphones and mobile devices worldwide, as the Financial Times pointed out.

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This lion's share of the market has been abused by Google, according to the European Commission, with Google using it to leverage deals with smartphone makers. The body has deemed Google's tie-in arrangements with manufacturers where they pre-install Google's search app and Chrome browser in their phones as "illegal."

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