Google faces a €4.3 billion fine from the EU

18 July 2018
This is the biggest fine imposed on a single firm in history, but Google can still appeal the ruling.

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jp, 18 Jul 2018It's not Google. It's the device manufacturer. (e.g. Sams... moreI'm talking about Google suites here. Don't you know those come pre-installed and you can't even disable them!?

  • Salah

What about forcing the Apple empire to let people install open source apps and choose another default browser different than Safari?

They don't say a f**kn word about Apple.

jp, 18 Jul 2018It's not Google. It's the device manufacturer. (e.g. Sams... moreNope, don't think LG or Samsung or Huawei or others are happy to put Chrome, Gmail, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and the other Google junk

  • Anonymous

Pragmatic, 18 Jul 2018This has some similarities to the U.S. vs Microsoft case ba... moreYou mean the Windows Media Player scandal, right? At least Microsoft DID release an edition of XP without WMP (also known as XP N) while Google opposes to fulfill the criteria of the case

Anonymous, 18 Jul 2018The fine should be ten times bigger, considering all the ev... moreBet you still use gmail. Hahaha.

  • Anonymous

This commission is trying to pretect EU citizens from abuse and yet some people would rather side with huge companies like google instead. As if these companies gave any damn about you. Brain washed ?

  • jp

Sonu4678, 18 Jul 2018Well, i'm an android user too and Google is forcing bloatwa... moreIt's not Google. It's the device manufacturer. (e.g. Samsung, LG)
And most of these manufacturer installed apps cannot be removed. Yes, they can be disabled. But they cannot be removed. It is part of their system. Samsung has been notorious all these years in this.

  • Pragmatic

This has some similarities to the U.S. vs Microsoft case back in 2001.

  • Anonymous

this is called corporate begging

  • Random

Seeing all the remarks on Google I still can't understand what have they done wrong.Android is basically a open source with massive advantage to every manufacturers out there for almost free.Google invests billions of dollars on android to maintain and develop it from play store to newer versions.It seems just fair to put some rules when you are giving a product for free so that your product doesn't transform into something you don't want.
It's like lending a car to a friend you may give it for free but don't allow him to damage it.The friend who is getting your car shouldn't complain for not being able to transform or even damage your car after all it's your car not his.

  • Anonymous

Shep, 18 Jul 2018What about apple. They force customer to use safari, even w... moreIt says „open in safari“ or „open in chrome“ or „open in whatever“ as options

Primark, 18 Jul 2018I am an android phone user and nobody is forcing me to do s... moreWell, i'm an android user too and Google is forcing bloatware down my throat.

Anonymous, 18 Jul 2018Apple should likewise be fined for disabling the ability to... moreWhy are you talking about Apple here? Stop the blame game please, this is the reason why my country sucks and i think its true for everywhere else. Anyway, i don't give a sh!t about Apple so don't assume i'm a f@#@$y.

  • Anonymous

Dr. Chillo, 18 Jul 2018It's sad to see there's no action against Apple because App... moreApple is too small. Flies under the radar

It's sad to see there's no action against Apple because Apple is actually the dirtiest Company on this planet. the day that Apple falls is really one of the best days, no more FOXCON, no more suicides, slavery, starving, breaking the economy of multiple countries, no more tax stealing, and much more horrible stuff, which Apple causes.

  • Anonymous

I agree on the fine for one reason - google doesn't let it's users chose if they want the maxi gapps or nano gapps. For that one has to go to custom roms and have their bootloaders unlocked for twrp and other stuff.

It's not just about Chrome. Google has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called "Android forks"). So, if you want to make and sell an e.g. Lineage phone and an Android phone at the same time, you can't. That's not very fair.

Shep, 18 Jul 2018What about apple. They force customer to use safari, even w... moreSince Apple has a relatively low market share in the EU it's hard for the EU to justify anti-competitive actions like that as they're not succeeding here. That would be a job for the US FTC, but that commission is all run by Big Corp money, so it will never happen.

  • Anonymous

Bring the money back that they stolen from ZTE.

  • Shep

What about apple. They force customer to use safari, even when you download chrome for IOS, when you tap on any link in an email or text message it forces you to safari.