The European Commission has decided to fine Google for 4.34 billion euro ($5.04 billion) over “illegal restrictions on the use of Android,” European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday.
Google said Wednesday that it would appeal the EU Commission’s fine of $5 billion over illegal restrictions on use of Android.
“Fine of 4,34 bn euro to @Google for 3 types of illegal restrictions on the use of Android. In this way it has cemented the dominance of its search engine. Denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits. It’s illegal under EU antitrust rules. @Google now has to stop it,” Vestager tweeted.
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The commission ordered Google to end the illegal conduct within 90 days or it would face additional penalties of up to 5 percent of its average daily turnover.
The commission also dismissed Google’s arguments, saying that Apple was a competitor to Android devices that had not sufficiently constrained Google.