News & Opinion | July 18, 2018 9:12 am

Google Fined $5 Billion by EU Over Android Antitrust Abuse

They must stop all illegal conduct or face more charges.

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European Unions gave Alphabet-owned Google a record $5 billion antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is by far the most popular smartphone OS in the world, reports CNBC. The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, ordered the company to stop all illegal conduct within 90 days or face additional charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily worldwide turnover.

This is the biggest fine ever issued to Google. They received a $2.7 billion fine last year for favoring its shopping service over competitors. Google said it will be appealing the antitrust ruling.

“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement, according to CNBC. “A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition.”