EU takes on Google with Android antitrust investigation

 20 Apr 2016 - 14:08

EU takes on Google with Android antitrust investigation

 

BRUSSELS: The European Union is expanding its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant is rigging the global market for mobile apps by making sure its Android operating system gives preferential treatment to its own products.

EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that "Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and standings in the way of innovation."

Vestager kicked off what is likely to be a protracted legal battle with a so-called Statement of Objections accusing Google it uses its high market share in mobile operating software to force its own apps on customers.

The 28-nation EU also has other investigations against Google, with the biggest centering on its search services.

AP