Pretty much every Android phone that you come across will have Google’s services installed on it. For example the default app store belongs to Google. Your default mail client. Your default browser. And let’s not forget your default search. For some users this is actually a great thing, but there are others who view it as a monopolistic act.
The European Commission is one of them and in a document that Reuters has managed to take a look at, it reveals their plans on how they plan to force Google to be a more competitive player in the industry. One of those ways is to order Google to stop making payments or providing incentives to phone manufacturers to include Google’s services on their phones.
The document also says that Google will not be allowed to punish or threaten companies that refuse to comply with their conditions for using Android. It also reveals that the EC still plans on going ahead with their fine for Google’s anti-competitive practices whose investigation has been ongoing since 2011.
While the EC has declined to comment on Reuters’ report, Google has since released a statement of their own which reads, “We look forward to showing the European Commission that we’ve designed the Android model in a way that’s good for both competition and consumers, and supports innovation across the region.”