If android phone manufacturers need access to the Play Store, Google requires them to preinstall Chrome and Search apps on the device, and European antitrust regulators are not too happy with that. The European Commission has accused Google of forcing telephone makers to preinstall the browser and search tool, of paying bigger manufacturers and mobile carriers to make sure Google Search is your exclusive search app and preventing telephone manufacturers from installing ‘forked’ Android variants not approved by Google.
The online giant was slapped with a record $4.3 billion fine for abusing the Android operating system’s dominance in the smartphone market, the largest fine imposed on a company in EU history. He judgment against Google stipulates that the company will have to unbundle its Chrome and Search apps from Android, which might significantly alter the free business model the tech giant has been pursuing with the mobile OS.
Google has been given 90 days to stop all illegal practices or face additional fines of up to 5 percent of Google parent company Alphabet’s global turnover, but the company has said it has plans to appeal the decision.