In July 2018, the European Union fined Google Alphabet’s parent company € 4.34 billion for illegal Android mobile device practices to strengthen the dominant position of the Google search engine. Allegedly, Google imposed illegal restrictions on manufacturers of Android devices in order to force other search engines out of business and to further expand the dominance of their own search engine, Google.
According to Margrethe Vestager, the EU Commissioner for Competition, Google has required all manufacturers to preinstall Google’s own browser app on their devices as a condition for licensing the Google App Store. In addition, Google is said to have made payments to certain large manufacturers if they only preinstall the Google app on their devices.
However, Google believes that the dominance of their search engine simply comes from the fact that Google is very popular. Released this Thursday Google lawyers in court and argued that for this reason the fine should be lifted. According to lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid, the most searched term on Bing is “Google”, as Bloomberg reports:
“We have evidence to show that by far the most common search query on Bing is Google. People use Google because they want to, not because they are forced to. Google’s market share in general search is in line with consumer surveys,” which show that 95 percent of users prefer Google over competing search engines. “
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