Google is attempting to overturn the EU’s $5 billion antitrust decision on Android.

Google is attempting to overturn the EU’s $5 billion antitrust decision on Android.
Google is taking its case to a top European Union court to challenge a record EU antitrust fine levied for limiting competition by exploiting its Android operating system’s dominance.
The corporation is contesting a 2018 judgment by the EU’s executive Commission, the bloc’s top antitrust enforcer, that resulted in the 4.34 billion-euro ($5 billion) punishment – the largest ever issued by Brussels for anticompetitive behavior.

It’s one of three antitrust fines totaling more than $8 billion levied by the FTC against Google between 2017 and 2019. The others concentrated on shopping and search, whereas the California firm is appealing to all three. While the fines were substantial, opponents argue that Google can easily afford them and that the sanctions did little to increase competition.

Google is attempting to overturn the EU’s $5 billion antitrust decision on Android.

The commission stated in its original judgement that Google’s actions limit competition and reduce customer choices.
According to people familiar with the situation, Google will seek to overturn a record 4.34 billion euro ($5.15 billion) EU antitrust fine at a five-day hearing in September at Europe’s second-highest court.

In its 2018 ruling, the European Commission stated that Google had used its popular Android mobile operating system to thwart competitors, an anti-competitive activity stretching back to 2011.
Android, which is free to device makers, is found on over 80% of the world’s smartphones. Because of Android’s market dominance, this is the most important of the EU’s three cases against Google. Over the previous decade, Google has piled up more than 8 billion euros in EU antitrust fines.

The hearing will begin on September 27, according to the people. Google did not reply immediately to a request for comment.

The General Court in Luxembourg stated it could not confirm the hearing since the dates had not yet been made public. The five-day event is lengthier than typical, but not out of the ordinary.

Google is supported by the lobbying groups Application Developers Alliance (ADA) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Android device makers Gigaset Communications GmbH and HMD Global Oy, the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones, and Norwegian tech company Opera Software.
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), German publishing groups VDZ and BDZV, Czech search engine Seznam, lobbying organization FairSearch, and French search engine Qwant all support the Commission.

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