The European Union hit Google with a record breaking $5 billion fine over Android antitrust practices.
The reasoning is that Google's got a stranglehold on the mobile phone market thanks to its agreements with phone makers like Samsung and LG.
They're completely dependent on Android, and the agreements require them to have default apps like.
Like Google Search, the Google Play Store, or Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube installed on there.
The EU worries that the Android further deepens Google's apps with it's own services.
I mean, if you think about it, Android is the most popular mobile OS out there, and these phones can't, Really exist without Android, and for them to do it, they have to have Google's apps.
The EU argues that that gives Google and Android an unfair advantage and Google seals [UNKNOWN] that he would be fighting with.
Do you think that Google really has a chance at appealing this or do you think this is an open and shut case?
They obviously have a chance at appealing it.
It's a very complicated issue and Tsundar, I think accurately referenced in his blog post today the idea that bundling your services or your apps today is very different than it was 20 years ago.
So And the United States vs Microsoft which looms large in this particular case from Microsoft was bundling Windows with Internet Explorer and eventually had to settle that case with the United States government.
That was entirely different situation in the Internet's who are still on the [UNKNOWN] and it was really hard to download different types of web browsers like Internet Explorer or what was it?
I think Opera.
Netscape was going on, yeah.
Netscape and Opera are those different guys.
So it really depends whether regulators are gonna see that as a big difference that you could switch up your apps or your browsers much more easily these days.
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