Google has appealed against the European Commission's almost $5 billion fine that was imposed on the tech giant in July for illegally using Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's Search engine.
The European Commission found that Google illegally forced phone manufacturers who preinstall Google's Android apps to stop selling any phones using non-Google versions of Android-supposedly an open-source operating system that's open to adaptation.
European regulators said Google engaged in practices that prevented its rivals from competing and innovating.
The Commission's ruling gave Google 90 days to end the anti-competitive behaviours or face additional penalty..
"They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere".
This fine comes not long after a $2.7 billion charge from the Commission over Google giving preferential treatment to its own shopping comparison tool in searches. Ms Vestager described any such action as "a trojan horse" implying that the European Union would come down harshly if such a workaround was in use.
But Ms Vestager said Google had shut out rivals by forcing major phone makers including South Korea's Samsung and China's Huawei to pre-install its search engine and Google Chrome browser. And it paid manufacturers to make Google Search the default search engine on their devices.
In a July blog post titled "Android has created more choice, not less", Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would appeal the decision.
The decision was made following two years-worth of investigation surrounding Google's Android practices. The Commission asserted that Google abused Android's market dominance, using it to hinder competition.
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