Donald Trump blasts European Union following record $5 billion Google fine

Android May Not Remain Free After EU Fines Google $5 Billion For Antitrust Violations

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has just announced it will impose a EUR4.34 billion (US$5.1 billion) fine on Google for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of the company's search engine.

According to a report in The Guardian this week, the trend began with Reddit users upvoting a post containing a photo of Trump and the word.

The European Commission has for violating EU antitrust laws - specifically, by forcing manufacturers of Android phones to pre-install the Google search app and the Chrome web browser.

"I told you so!" he added, referring to his earlier harsh remarks toward Brussels over trade deficit and defence spending sharing, Xinhua reported.

People who are unhappy with US President's policies are the driving force behind campaign to link the word "Idiot" with Trump's pictures.

Google's official statement on Fuchsia is that it is just "one of many experimental open-source projects" being worked on in the company.

This isn't the first fine levied on Google by the European Commission. If it fails to, it will accrue an additional fine of up to 5 percent of its parent company, Alphabet's, daily turnover.

European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of US tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers - that is, if cellphone manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening. How do you feel about Google's fine?

Trump appeared to be using the antitrust fine as a weapon in his ongoing trade war with the European Union.

Going forward Google will be forced to unbundle its Chrome browser and Google search apps from Android, meaning phone makers won't have to ship Android phones with these apps preinstalled. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition", CEO Sundar Pichai has also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free. However, the company says that it has no five-year plans for the new operating system at the moment, according to CNET. The alternative search engine spoke out about the effect Google's actions on its business model.

Giving phone makers more freedom to use altered versions of Android could also hurt Google.

The new sanction almost doubles the previous record European Union antitrust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017.



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