Google makes final appeal against EU Android antitrust sanctions

The search giant said it was seeking ‘legal clarification’ over the €4.1 billion fine

Getting slapped with fines is nothing new for Google. One of the most significant sanctions against the search giant came from the European Union in 2018 with the bloc’s antitrust investigator Margrethe Vestager alleging the juggernaut was abusing its market power with Android in the region. The company appealed the decision to a lower court in September, and although the amount was reduced, it remains on the hook for a record €4.1 billion. Now Google is pushing yet another appeal to the union’s highest court.


Defending itself against claims that it is forcing Android device makers to integrate its own services such as internet search and the Chrome web browser, Google said the operating system has generated “more choices for everyone”. world, no less,” adding that it helps businesses around the world. , including in Europe.

Google has another appeal filed with the European Court of Justice to overturn a €2.4 billion fine imposed on antitrust charges relating to its Google Shopping service.

Vestager, who is also EU competition commissioner, has strongly criticized Google and other tech companies operating in Europe. As Bloomberg points out, Vestager has so far imposed fines totaling more than 8 billion euros on Google while trying to curb the company’s influence in the digital advertising industry.

Since October this year, the Federal Trade Commission has been considering penalizing the company for allegedly misleading Pixel 4 ads, while India has also fined Google for anti-competitive practices related to Android.

Separately, 43 European comparison shopping websites recently asked the European Commission to take action against the company, alleging that the Google Shopping service has a flawed auction system that inflates quotes for shoppers. This conglomerate of small players in the shopping industry further said that Google violates the Digital Marketplaces Act, which was put in place specifically to control Big Tech.

Meanwhile, following this verdict, Google had to make changes to its Android licensing agreements to allow device manufacturers to offer their phones in the EEA with or without the Google Play Store and associated services. Chrome or Google Search. The company has found a way to make money from the process by running periodic auctions for alternative search engine placements on European devices with Google Search pre-installed – something that has ruffled the feathers of at least one competitor , DuckDuckGo.