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Google hit with Sh4b Android fine from EU - 7 months ago, 18 July 16:16

By: Bbc

Google has been fined a record Sh500 billion over Android.

The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally "cement its dominant position in general internet search".

The firm's parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5 per cent of its average daily turnover.

However, it has said it plans to appeal.

At a press conference in Brussels Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said consumers needed choice.

And she suggested the ruling could lead manufactures to sell smart devices using different versions of the Android operating system to Google's, such as Amazon's Fire OS.

"This will change the marketplace," she said.

Alphabet can easily afford the fine - its cash reserves totalled nearly $103bn at the end of March.

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai was pre-briefed about the ruling on Tuesday and has blogged in response.

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