Google Accused Of Abusing Android Dominance

EU antitrust regulators have accused Google of abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system in deals with phone makers and mobile network operators.

The accusation follows a year-long inquiry and comes as the tech giant is being scrutinised over its shopping service.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement: "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe.

"Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behaviour denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services."

The statement said regulators also believed the firm's conduct "stands in the way of innovation by other players".



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Commentators say the anti-competition charge could hit a key money-spinner for Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

It made around $11bn (£7.6bn) from ad sales on Android phones with Google apps such as Maps, Search and Gmail last year.

Google is already being probed for promoting its own shopping service in internet searches at the expense of rivals.

That case, which has dragged on since late 2010, culminated last year with the European Commission filing antitrust charges against Google.

Google has yet to comment on the latest allegations.

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