Fuchsia OS might take Android's place 5 years from now

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The fine, which had been widely expected this week, is 4.34 billion euros, or about $5 billion.

It was argued that Google requiring Android phone manufacturers to pre-install its Chrome browser and Search app had allowed it to gain an unfair advantage over potential rivals.

Trump tweets Thursday: "I told you so!"

Google provides Android free to smartphone manufacturers and generates most of its revenue from selling advertisements that appear along with search results.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Google doesn't charge for its Android operating system.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai reacted to the European Commission's decision: "If phone makers and mobile network operators couldn't include our apps on their wide range of devices, it would upset the balance of the Android ecosystem", he wrote in a recent blog post.

In 2015 former President Barack Obama said in an interview with Recode that the European Union was sometimes "more commercially driven than anything else" in its probes of USA tech companies, including Google.

"Android has created more choice for everyone, not less", said Google spokesman Al Verney.




If you're wondering what Google did to deserve such a harsh financial punishment, have a look at the European Commission's press release with regard to their decision.

The EU's ruling caps an investigation that goes back at least three years. The two sides have been locked in a circle of tit-for-tat retaliation since Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and the European Union retaliated with duties on a basket of goods.

Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute, says Europe has been much more aggressive in its oversight of tech giants than the U.S. It has asked Apple and Amazon to hand over what it says are unpaid taxes. The fine marked the second time in about a year that regional regulators have needled Google for its business practices.

Previous year eMarketer forecast almost $50billion would be made by Google in 2017 from mobile ad revenue. The openly accessible Android source code covers basic features of a smart mobile operating system but not Google's proprietary Android apps and services.

It has also taken on Facebook over privacy issues after it admitted that millions of users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, which was working for Trump's 2016 election campaign.

"If we don't negotiate something fair, then we have tremendous retribution, which we don't want to use, but we have tremendous powers", Trump said on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting at the White House.

GSMA, the global wireless carriers' trade body, welcomed the ruling, saying services developed by its members can now better compete with software vendors.

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