European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager addresses a news conference on Google in Brussels, Belgium, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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EU antitrust regulators hit Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine Wednesday for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, and Google said it would appeal.Vestager also ordered Google to halt anti-competitive practices in contractual deals with smartphone makers and telecoms providers within 90 days or face additional penalties of up to 5 percent of parent Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover.Asked whether breaking up Google would solve the issue, a call made by a number of Google foes, she said she was not sure that was the solution.On concerns that Google may subsequently decide to charge for using Android, Vestager said her ruling was not related to the way the company operates.Android, which runs about 80 percent of the world's smartphones according to market research firm Strategy Analytics, is the most important of a trio of antitrust cases against Google.A third EU case, which has not yet concluded, involves Google's AdSense. Competition authorities said Google prevented third parties using its product from displaying search advertisements from Google's competitors.
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