Google files appeal against Europes $5BN antitrust fine for Android

Google has lodged its legal appeal against the European Commissions 4.34 billion (~$5BN) antitrust ruling against its Android mobile OS, according toReuters the first step in a process that could keep its lawyers busy for years to come.
We have now filed our appeal of the ECs Android decision at the General Court of the EU, it told the news agency, via email.
Weve reached out to Google for comment on the appeals process.
Rulings made by the EUs General Court in Luxembourg can be appealed to the top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, but only on points of law.
Europes competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the record-breaking antitrust penalty for Android in July, following more than two years of investigation of the companys practices around its smartphone operating system.
Vestager said Google had abused the regional dominance of its smartphone platform by requiring thatmanufacturers pre-install other Google apps as a condition for being able to license the Play Store.
She also found the company had made payments to some manufacturers and mobile network operators in exchange for them exclusively pre-installing Google Search on their devices, and used Google Play licensing to preventmanufacturers from selling devices based on Android forks which would not have to include Google services and, inVestagers view,could have provided a platform for rival search engines as well as other app developers to thrive.
Google rejected the Commissions findings and said it would appeal.
In a blog postat the time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argued the contrary claiming the Android ecosystem has created more choice, not less for consumers, and saying the Commission ruling ignores the new breadth of choice and clear evidence about how people use their phones today.
According to Reuters the company reiterated its earlier arguments in reference to the appeal.
A spokesperson for the EC told us simply:The Commission will defend its decision in Court.
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