Google has agreed to change Android in response to the European Commission`s $3.8 billion competitive fine. The changes can change the operating system forever Amazone efforts to expand its fire TV platform on smart TVs due to confidential agreements between Google and manufacturers that have been hampered by its Android operating system. Google claims that the sales participation agreements were necessary to freely use Android, which it purchased in 2005 for an unspecified sum. However, correspondence collected by the European Commission contains statements from Google executives, who describe Android as “the greatest opportunity for the monetization of mobile search in the coming years” and that it is “very strategic for Google”. In an email of January 10, 2013, it was said that a manufacturer was “interested, but the anti-friction agreement prevents them from cooperating with us and asked us to ask Google to give its consent.” Since the shutdown, Google has relaxed the terms of its revenue-participation agreements to allow airlines to obtain payments for the placement of search on one or more devices in their phone offerings, but to forego others. However, the Commission noted Google`s submission that Android users have considerable freedom to adapt their phones and install competing applications to Google`s provisions (ii), cca provisions are necessary to serve the legitimate purpose of preventing fragmentation (ii) MADA`s pre-installation conditions are not exclusive or exclusive, but these disputes were only appropriate during the review phase by the validation of equipment manufacturers. , app developer, independent experts and consumers. If Google is found guilty, the company will most likely face a hefty fine. It will not be the first or probably the last.
The research giant has been repeatedly accused of antitrust practices. Last year, she was fined $6.75 million for violating competition by the Russian government. “If the Commission concludes that EU rules on cartels and abuse of dominance have been breached, companies must change their operations and can expect fines. This is necessary to effectively protect European consumers, but it also means, of course, that the rights of the defence of the company concerned must be fully respected. Google has already been investigated about MADA in South Korea, and the country`s two main search engines, Naver and Daum, have said the deal violates antitrust laws. In 2013, the company was laundered all fees by the FTC. The information before the ICC was submitted by consumers of Android smartphones against Google LLC and its Indian subsidiary Google India Pvt Ltd (“Google India”) which asserts abuse of dominant position. The information indicated that Android is an open source mobile operating system that can be developed by anyone and the majority of smartphone and tablet manufacturers in India`s Android operating system in combination with a range of Google applications and services, i.e. Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS includes a wide range of Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube applications, which are only available on GMS and cannot be downloaded separately by device manufacturers, and in order to install these applications, manufacturers are required to enter into certain agreements with Google: a) Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) and (b) Anti Fragmentation Agreement (AFA).