Google to oppose EU’s $ 5 billion antitrust ruling on Android
On Monday, Google appealed to overturn a $ 5 billion antitrust sanction issued by the European Union, saying its Android mobile operating system had fostered competition rather than stifled it.
Google executives told a panel of five judges from the Luxembourg Court at the start of a five-day trial that Android has been a tremendous success in competing at work, rather than holding back its rivals and putting endanger users.
In 2018, the European Commission punished Google for using Android to hamper its competitors and consolidate its dominance in general internet search since 2011.
Google lawyer Meredith Pickford told the court that, “The Commission has turned a blind eye to the real competitive dynamics of this industry, that between Apple and Android.”
“By defining markets too narrowly and downplaying the powerful constraint imposed by the all-powerful Apple, the Commission wrongly found that Google was dominant in mobile operating systems and app stores, while it it was in fact a vigorous market disruptor, “he said.
Pickford said Android “Is an outstanding achievement of the power of competition in action”.
Apple’s role rejected by Commission lawyer Nicholas Khan due to its small market share compared to Android
“Bringing Apple into the picture doesn’t change much. Google and Apple are pursuing different models ”, he told further in court.
Google denies all accusations claiming them to be false. She claims that Android smartphones must compete with Apple’s iPhone and iPad and that the Commission erred in excluding them from its study. Anti-fragmentation agreements, according to the firm, are necessary to keep Android phones compatible with apps and not a barrier to creating alternative operating systems.
The claim that Google has banned competing apps is also false, according to Google, as manufacturers typically install multiple rival apps on Android devices, and users can simply download more. The company claims it has the legal right to recoup the money it spends to build Android, which it distributes to manufacturers for free, by pushing them to install Google Search, which generates the majority of its revenue.
Nearly a dozen other companies and trade groups have filed their own supporting documents in the case, which will be joined by Google and the Commission in this week’s arguments. The Computer and Communications Industry Association, along with two phone makers, are among Google’s backers.