Most of you must have read the recent news about European Union levying a fine of $5 Billion on Google for Android anti-trust violations. Soon after, Google indicated and warned that Android might not remain free because of the EU decision.
1.As per the EU, Google has violated laws in reference to the mobile operating system – Android – that it provides for free to other phone companies or third-party handset makers.
2.These third-party handset makers are supposed to pre-install 11 Google applications on their phones along with their own original set of applications.
3.With such a setting, large set of Google applications like – Maps, Chrome, Gmail etc have already got a huge user base and engagement. So technically when you buy a new handset, you usually have two sets of applications – one from Google and the other the company’s own.
4.EU has pointed out that Google has been forcing other phone companies to install their apps as well, which it says is illegal. The EU now wants Google to end this ‘illegal conduct’ within 90 days of the decision.
5.US President Donald Trump hit out at the EU in a tweet saying that the fine slapped on Google is proof that EU has “taken advantage of the US.”
6.In any case, Google’s final decision won’t immediately impact any of the Android phones. The chances are highly unlikely that there would be any major change on your phone anytime soon.
7.Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post explained the reasons why he disagrees with the EU’s decision and stated that the company is planning to appeal the fine.