Raf Casert on another big problem for Google:
The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own products.
Why should anyone be surprised at this? What took the EU so long? It’s good old monopoly abuse of the first order.
The Android operating system is designed to feature Google’s search engine, maps, Gmail, YouTube video service and other products that give the company more opportunities to sell digital ads. Device makers don’t have to use Android as Google sets it up, but European regulators are looking into complaints that the company penalizes those that deviate from Google’s favored design.
EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:
Dominant companies have a responsibility not to abuse their position. Google has abused its dominant position.