EU did not respond to attempt from Google

Jul

23

2018

Bloomberg: to settle Android case
According to sources from Bloomberg financial news agency, the EU did not respond to Google’s attempt to reach a settlement in the Android case, which recently imposed a EUR 4.3 billion fine by the EU.

Google would have drafted a letter in August 2017 that suggested possible changes to the Android study by the European Commission. It did so because the competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said two months earlier, when announcing the fine of 2.4 billion euros for Google Shopping, that no conclusion had yet been reached in the other two studies, according to Bloomberg . According to the EU, however, Google’s proposal came too late.

Vestager would have hinted in an interview that Google should have come up with a proposal in 2016. Google did not receive an official reply to his letter, but heard by way of detour that a settlement was no longer possible. Google would have offered in the letter to expand certain restrictions and distribute apps in different ways. On the basis of sources, Bloomberg further reports that there was little contact between the Commission and Google until last April. Then there was a so-called state-of-play meeting, but the course towards a record fine would already have been set.

Recently it was announced that Google has to pay a fine of 4.34 billion euros for abuse of power with its mobile operating system Android. According to the Commission, Google prohibited illegal tying by requiring that its Search app and Chrome browser be installed on Android devices in advance. In addition, Google would have paid manufacturers to install Search on their devices and would have actively countered Android forks. Google appeals.

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