As early as July, Google’s parent company Alphabet Fined 4.3 billion euros And after the EU was accused of using tough measures to expel any competing search engines and monopolize market share, the EU issued an anti-monopoly order. At the same time, Google claims that its search engine dominance is simply because it is very popular.
Google Attorney Appear in court Argued to EU judges on Thursday that the fine should be overturned; they also argued that the 2018 antitrust order should be cancelled because Google’s success is attributed to consumer preference. Clients like Google very much, and lawyers claim that, in fact, the most popular search term on Bing is “Google.”
Alphabet Inc.’s lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid (Alfonso Lamadrid) said: “The evidence we submitted shows that by far the most common search query on Bing is Google.” Bloomberg News. “People use Google because they choose to do it, not because they are forced to do it,” Lamadrid continued. “Google’s market share in general search is consistent with consumer surveys, showing that 95% of users prefer Google to rival search engines.”
According to lawyers from the European Commission, the antitrust order was based on the fact that this large technology company acted illegally by:
1. Force mobile phone and tablet manufacturers to pre-install Chome on their phones and refuse to approve the Google Play Store, which is where most Android users search and download applications.
2. Pay mobile network providers and manufacturers to specifically pre-install the Google search application on their devices.
3. Prevent manufacturers from selling any smart devices with alternative versions of Android that do not meet the plan.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai opposed the allegations in a statement. Blog post After the July 2018 ruling, it was stated that “Today’s decision refuses to support Android’s business model, which creates more choices for everyone, not less. We intend to appeal.”
One last interesting tidbit: The EU Competition Commissioner stated that only 1% of users downloaded different search applications on mobile devices in Europe between Google’s mandatory installation of its search browser on mobile phones or payment on mobile phones. .