Today Google started its appeal of a $5B antitrust fine levied by the EU. Google argues that its Android OS boosted, rather than limited, competition among smartphone producers.
- The 2018 decision by EU regulators found that Google had illegally abused Android's market power to coerce smartphone manufacturers into agreements that would maintain Google's status as the primary search engine on smartphones.
- This was one of three multi-billion dollar decisions made by EU regulators against Google in the last five years.
- It will take months for Google's appeal to be heard by an EU court.
- It could potentially reach the EU's top court, the Court of Justice.
- EU regulators are investigating Google's ad-tech business, alongside other cases into the potentially anti-competitive practices of other big tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.