European Union has shocked everybody by putting a fine of $5 billion on the search engine giant Google. The charge was to force leading cell phone makers to preinstall two of its apps; Chrome and Search in their devices.
EU announced that this practice of Google restricts healthy competition and limited the options of the consumers. The fine till date is the biggest by EU for the anticompetitive behavior of the company.
Google has not only made payment to bundle the Search and Chrome apps but also blocked the devices which are using the forked version of Android.
As per the European Commission, Google needs to bring the ‘illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.’ So Google can’t command the manufacturers to install the apps in order to offer Google Play Store on the handsets.
As per the latest news, Google will appeal against the decision of EU. The Google Spokesperson told to media; “Android has created more choice for everyone, not less. A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition.”