EU just hit Google with record £3.8bn fine in Android antitrust case


EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has just imposed a colossal €4.3bn (£3.8bn) fine on Google for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to block rivals, according to latest reports. This is being called as the biggest fine ever imposed by a regulator against a single firm.

The European Commission opened the investigation following a 2013 complaint from lobbying group FairSearch. Google may appeal the ruling, according to latest reports.

According to WSJ, Android phones come preloaded with Google apps, including Search. Competitors have long complained that Android’s dominance gives Google an unfair advantage in attracting users to those apps—and then using data from them to devise and target advertising.

The Commission’s ruling also comes just over a year after they slapped a landmark €2.4bn ($2.80bn) penalty on Google for promoting its shopping service over those of competitors.