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Trump slams EU's fine against Google

21 July, 2018, 19:03 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
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The company also prevented manufacturers from selling devices running on alternative versions of its Android operating system.

At a press conference in Brussels, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said consumers needed choice.

The India-born executive said the free distribution of the Android platform, and of Google's suite of applications, is "not only efficient" for phone makers and operators but is also of "huge benefit" for developers and consumers.

"Manufacturers could not launch Fire OS on even a single device", she said.

The decision, which followed a 3-year EU investigation, comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount because of President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum exports.

The report also asserts that members of the team say that Fuchsia could someday power all of Google's devices, including Pixel smartphones and Google Home speakers, as well as third-party devices that now rely on Android and or Chrome OS. It has been in talks with manufacturers from Huawei to Samsung about those possibilities. Changes to copyright law that would affect tech firms are also being considered. Chrome, and not a Microsoft-developed program, is now the most popular browser on Windows. "Those are not part of the same market because they are not available for licence by third-party device manufacturers".

Trump's child-like comments come amid escalating tensions between the United States and Europe.

He wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I told you so!"

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GettySundar Pichai hinted the'free distribution of Android could be disrupted

Analysts and tech companies are divided over the merits of the European Union's fine against Google for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile operating system. "They could these users to try their own services before they get completely hooked on Google".

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT tweeted that the fine should "be a wake-up call" to the Federal Trade Commission and should lead US enforcers to protect consumers.

Google is an ambitious company to say the least, and the individual teams that work on what's coming down the pipe are just as focused on building new and exciting products.

This amount is nearly double that of a previous fine of $2.7 billion the company received in 2017 for unfairly favoring its own services in internet search results.

Neither fine will cripple the company.

Past year eMarketer forecast almost $50billion would be made by Google in 2017 from mobile ad revenue.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Trump in Washington D.C. on the trade issue next week.

For its part, the European Union is preparing a new list of USA goods to hit with retaliatory measures Trump moves ahead with the vehicle tariffs. Currently, the free operating system installed on the vast majority of European smartphones. As a result, it is the most widely used system, beating Apple's iOS by a wide margin.

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