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Google handed massive fine by European Commission

Google has been handed a €4.34 billion fine in relation to its Android operating system.

The world-famous tech company has been slapped with the enormous fine by the European Commission, which has accused Google of using its operating system to illegally "cement its dominant position" in search.

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has hit out at the decision by the European Commission.

Sundar explained: "Rapid innovation, wide choice, and falling prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition and Android has enabled all of them.

"Today's decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less."

The Commission first started investigating the issue back in 2015 following a complaint lodged by Fairsearch.

The trade group - which originally included the likes of Microsoft and Nokia among its members - has welcomed the latest ruling.

Reflecting on the decision, spokesman Thomas Vinje explained: "This is an important step in disciplining Google's abusive behaviour in relation to Android.

"It means that Google should cease its anti-competitive practices regarding smartphones, but also in other areas - smart TVs in particular - where it is foreclosing competition by using the same practices."

The decision has also been hailed by trade body GSMA's chief regulatory officer John Giusti.

He said: "This will enable consumers to benefit from a greater choice of mobile services, and allow more players to innovate and offer new services in the market."

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