E.U. fines Google $5b over Android antitrust breach

Jul 18, 2018, 7:39 AM EDT
(Source: Lucas Zallio/flickr)
(Source: Lucas Zallio/flickr)

The European Union slapped a record $5 billion fine on Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Wednesday holding the tech giant guilty of abusing its Android market dominance by forcing Android handset and tablet manufacturers to bundle its search engine and Chrome apps in the operating system.

The decision, which a follows a long three-year probe, marks Brussels’ “sharpest rebuke” to the influential tech firms controlling the Silicon Valley and could potentially dampen Google’s growth in its most lucrative channel, the mobile phones, notes The Wall Street Journal.

This is not the first Google is in the E.U.’s firing line; last year, the company was fined $2.7 billion over manipulating search results, reports The Verge.