Trump slams European Union over $5.1B fine against Google

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"I very much like the US", she said at a news conference to announce the Google fine, when asked about a remark by US President Donald Trump, inset, that she "hated" the country, reportedly made at a G7 summit last month.

Adding to that, Google also specifically banned these smartphone makers from using rival versions of Android on their devices. There are actually a few different angles to the Commission's complaint, but to boil it down, it essentially claimed that Google used Android to cement its search dominance.

Google has been fined $6.8billion by Europe's competition watchdog for abusing its dominant Android mobile operating system, setting a global record for anti-trust penalties. A team of 100 engineers have been working in Fuchsia OS and they expect to achieve this goal in 5 years.

It is likely to stoke tensions between Europe and the US, which regulates the tech industry with a lighter hand and has complained that the European Union is singling out American companies for punishment.

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The EU's penalty stood in stark contrast with the United States, where federal antitrust regulators previously investigated Google's search and advertising businesses but concluded their probe in 2013 without bringing major penalties against the tech giant.

The European Commission on Wednesday imposed a €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) fine on Google for breaching the EU's antitrust rules through Android.

Mr Pichai added the decision from the European Union had the chance to "upset the careful balance" Google has "struck with Android".

Google said it would appeal the European Union decision.

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"The FTC should end its decade of inaction and deference, and confront the mounting evidence that Google's business practices have stifled robust competition in a market that is critical to our economy and society", said Democratic Sen.

After all, if Google can't rely on the revenue stream from Android, that could mean that device manufacturers might, down the line, be faced with paying for Android service - costs that could make for more expensive phones for users.

A year ago eMarketer forecast almost $50billion would be made by Google in 2017 from mobile ad revenue.

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