The latest anti-trust fine that the EU has levied against Google is excessive and does not protect consumers, infer Massimiliano Trovato and Alberto Mingardi of Politico. The company stands accused of forcing phone manufacturers that use its Android operating system to pre-download its apps. This allows users to have the pre-set phone experience that they are used to. And if they do not like the apps, these can easily be deleted and replaced. Google gives phone manufacturers free access to Android, allowing them to tweak it as they please. It’s a mutually beneficial exchange that doesn’t warrant such punishment.
Google used its Android operating system to edge out competitors and was rightly fined by the EU, writes The Economist. The tech giant provides phone manufactures with Android and forces them to include Google’s apps. This gives all of its apps a head-start over competitors, no matter what the difference in quality. Google will probably take the fine in its stride and continue to take advantage of its market dominance. For example, it played a part in Amazon’s Fire phone failing. Tougher punishments than the EU fine, which stop this, are needed. If not, Google will continue to keep away competitors and ensure that it stays at the top.