Google appealed on Tuesday for the EU’s largest antitrust fine, which imposed a €4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine on the US tech giant for illegally abusing of its operating system for mobile devices.
In an email to AFP, Google spokesman Al Verney confirmed that “we have now filed our appeal of the European Commission’s decision on Android in the European Union Court”. on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and avoid competitors.
The penalty almost doubled the previous record fine of €2.4 billion under EU competition law, which also targeted Google, the Silicon Valley titan shopping comparison service in 2017.
Google provides Android free to smartphone manufacturers and derives most of its revenue from the sale of ads that appear with search results. Vestager said Google has ruled out rivals by forcing major phone makers, including Samsung and Huawei, South Korea, to pre-install its search engine and Google Chrome browser.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai refuted in July accusations that the decision would ignore the fact that Android phones compete with Apple phones running on iOS with their own pre-installed apps. The EU decision “rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less,” Pichai added in a blog post.