The EU Commission on EU antitrust Agency (EU) has postponed a meeting scheduled for this week to avoid conflict with us president Trump on a visit to Brussels on Monday. It is reported that the Commission will inform the European Union's anti trust agencies on the anti trust investigation results of Google Android mobile operating system at this meeting.
According to sources, in the meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday, the European Commission would also announce a ticket to Google for its sky high price. But somehow, the European Commission postponed the meeting until July 17th. Sources said that the European Commission postponed the meeting with Trump this week to attend the NATO summit in Brussels.
The European Commission has launched 3 antitrust investigations against the company because of its growing concern over the technological monopoly of Google's parent company Alphabet. Critics and lawmakers have always advocated breaking up the dominant technology giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook. But so far, the biggest threat to Silicon Valley is still from Europe.
Alphabet warned investors last year that the Commission's investigation of the company may end in 2018, and the company may face heavy fines. Last June, after seven years of investigation, the European Commission ruled that Google misused the dominant position of the search engine market and offered an illegal advantage to other Google products (price shopping services), thus issuing a 2 billion 420 million euro (about $2 billion 700 million) ticket to the company. Before that, the biggest antitrust ticket issued by the European Commission was fined 1 billion 60 million euros for chip giant Intel in 2009.
The European Commission has been investigating the Android since 2015. In a contract with handset makers, Google asked the company to pre-install a folder. This folder, which appears on the phone's home page, contains 11 apps. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's antitrust commissioner, has previously said Google is cracking down on innovation by making it harder for other apps to get user attention. She said,
Google has responded to this claim. The company said consumers had the right to decide which app to use. However, some operators and hardware manufacturers do not agree with Google's view. An anonymous European telecoms executive said,
The relationship between Google and Android is different from that between apple and iOS. Google does not make all Android phones, so three parties such as mobile phone manufacturers and operators who sell their own OEM phones can publicly complain to Google. Android's antitrust litigation in Europe is partly rooted in the worrying relationship between Google and European telecom operators. European telecommunications industry executives said that the regulatory authorities' anti trust actions against Google were the result of continuous lobbying by operators.
Telecoms executives believe that Google's promotion of its own applications makes it difficult for them to promote their video or email applications, limiting their ability to sell advertising and weakening the discourse power to negotiate revenue sharing with Google. At the same time, Android handset makers also complained that it was difficult to separate their equipment from their competitors because they could not freely choose what applications to install in the equipment.
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