Google in Court to Appeal EU’s 2018 Android Antitrust Case.
Google will appeal a record EU antitrust penalty levied for limiting competition via its Android operating system dominance to a top European Union court on Monday.
The firm is appealing a 2018 judgment by the EU’s executive Commission,
the bloc’s top antitrust enforcer, which resulted in a punishment of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) – the largest ever levied by Brussels for anticompetitive conduct.
Between 2017 and 2019, the EU slapped Google with three antitrust fines totaling more than $8 billion.
The other companies concentrated on shopping and searching,
but the California firm is appealing to all three. While the fines were substantial,
opponents argue that Google can easily pay them and that the fines have done nothing to increase competition.
The commission said in its initial judgment that Google’s tactics stifle competition and limit consumer choice.
Google, on the other hand,
intends to claim that the open-source Android operating system has resulted in lower-cost phones and increased competition with Apple.
“Android has given people more options, not less, and has helped thousands of companies succeed in Europe and across the globe.
As the five-day trial before the European Court of Justice’s General Court begins, the firm said,
“This lawsuit is not supported by the facts or the law.”
The European Commission did not respond to a request for comment.
Android is the most prevalent mobile operating system in Europe,
surpassing Apple’s iOS, and is installed on four out of every five smartphones.