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Google moans that the EU is giving Apple a free pass

by on28 September 2021

Asks it to give it a get out of jail free card

Google blasted EU antitrust regulators for ignoring rival Apple as it launched a bid to get Europe's second highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro fine related to its Android operating system.

Far from holding back rivals and harming users, Android has been a massive success story of competition at work, representatives of Google told a panel of five judges at the General Court at the start of a five-day hearing.

The European Commission fined Google in 2018, saying that it had used Android since 2011 to thwart rivals and cement its dominance in general internet search.

Regardless of how the court rules, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook will have to change their business models in the coming years to ensure a level playing field for rivals following tough new rules proposed by European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager.

However Google insists it is being picked on, while Apple is given a free pass.

"The Commission shut its eyes to the real competitive dynamic in this industry, that between Apple and Android", Google's lawyer Meredith Pickford told the court.

"By defining markets too narrowly and downplaying the potent constraint imposed by the highly powerful Apple, the Commission has mistakenly found Google to be dominant in mobile operating systems and app stores, when it was in fact a vigorous market disrupter", he said.

Pickford said Android "is an exceptional success story of the power of competition in action".


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