Android promotes competition in rebuttal of EU antitrust charges, says Google

Google’s Android mobile platform is capable of boosting competition instead of destroying it. Kent Walker, search-engine giant counsel has dismissed the charges of the EU antitrust commission that the Android platform is used to crush rivals.

The views expressed by Walker come in the wake of the US-based technology group rejected two other EU antitrust commission accusations of unfairly promoting its shopping service. Moreover, it blocked competitors in online search advertising. According to industry analysts, the Android case could be turn out to be a potential danger for Google.

Android posted $31 billion revenue

In January 2016, an Oracle lawyer revealed to a US court that Android made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit since its release in 2008. According to the European commission, the market share of Android in Europe is above 90 percent.

In a statement, Walker revealed that the findings of the commission were wrong. They ignored the competition from Apple, the demands from apps developers including the potential dangers of modified versions of Android.

The response we filed today shows how the Android ecosystem carefully balances the interests of users, developers, hardware makers, and mobile network operators. Android hasn’t hurt competition, it’s expanded it

Google bundles apps with products

Google disclosed that it had bundled few apps and products to offer various packages for free. This will prevent charging of upfront licensing fees.

Commenting on the development, FairSearch lawyer Thomas Vinje disclosed that the truth is that Android is today a closed operating system, and any claim to the contrary is disingenuous. Google imposes severe sanctions on those who defy its insistence on conformity.

Reuters has gained access to the charge sheet filed by the EU antitrust enforcer, which imposes a severe fine in the Android and shopping cases. Based on reports, we infer that the penalty could reach $7.4 billion or 10 percent of Google’s global turnover.

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