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EU Formally Charges Google

After an extensive probe the European Commission has brought fresh charges against Google alleging that the company foisted its search applications and the Chrome browser on Android smartphone makers as a condition to license its other apps and services. The move was tipped by CDN on Wednesday.

The commission has also charged Google with preventing makers from selling devices running variants of its Android operating system and giving financial entives to both phone makers and mobile network operators.

The EU’s move is the latest in a series of anti-trust challenges Google has faced in both the EU and countries luding India Brazil and Russia. US regulators ended their most recent investigation without taking action.

The European Commission said Google’s Android licensing practices which started in 2011 when the company became dominant in mobile operating systems and app stores showed it was trying to shield its search engine the world’s most popular from competition.

In its contracts with manufacturers Google has made licensing of the Play Store on Android devices conditional on its search application being pre-installed and set as default search service.

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