Google fined €4.3 billion by EU

Antitrust violations generate record fine.

The original charges date back to 2016. The EU charged that Google forced mobile network operators to install Chrome, search and other Google apps as the default or exclusive search services on most of the devices sold in Europe. This meant that Google effectively locked out competitor search tools and created a near monopoly for itself.

As well as the fine the EU also ordered Google to allow phone manufacturers and telecom operators to install non-Google apps on Android devices.

Google was fined €2.4billion in 2017 for pushing its own shopping results to the top of search results pages.

Google told Endgadget it plans to appeal the Commission’s decision.

For more background on the decision, see Endgadget