Friday, 09 September 2016 09:45

Google gets EU extension to respond to Android charges

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Google has been granted a fortnight's extension to respond to charges by the European Union that its conduct relating to Android smartphones and tablets has breached anti-trust rules.

The search company was initially given three months to respond to the charges, and that was then extended to 7 September.

In the chargesheet, issued on 20 April, the European Commission said Google had breached EU anti-trust rules by:

  • requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google's Chrome browser and requiring them to set Google Search as default search service on their devices, as a condition to license certain Google proprietary apps;
  • preventing manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing operating systems based on the Android open source code; and
  • giving financial incentives to manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-install Google Search on their devices.

To that, Google responded by saying that while it took the EU's concerns seriously, it also believed that its business model "kept manufacturers’ costs low and their flexibility high, while giving consumers unprecedented control of their mobile devices".

Google also faces EU charges that it has abused its search monopoly for which it may be fined up to €6.6 billion, a tenth of its annual sales.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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