The European Union is closely watching Google’s actions that have been considered monopolistic. The problem is with Android, and more specifically with pre-installed Chrome browser and Google search engine. That is why the European Commission imposed a record fine of 4.3 billion EUR on Google. Google will appeal this decision because Android’s current way of creating a compact and well-functioning ecosystem.
Google has been targeting the European Union for a long time. Officials all the time see the monopolistic actions that result from the dominant position on the giant mountain view market. This time, the market for mobile operating systems, on which Android competes only with iOS, went. In practice, this means that every smartphone manufacturer (of course, except Apple) decides to work with Google to gain access to the Google Play platform. It is just such a large library of mobile applications that is behind the success of Android. However, in order to be able to use it, Google requires that smartphone manufacturers pre-install applications that make up the ecosystem that has been built for years. On the other hand, users who use default installed programs (such as the Chrome browser) bring enormous profits to the giant. In return, Google can invest in the development and maintenance of a free operating system.
Google: Android just works
Google has already prepared an extensive commentary on the penalty imposed by the European Commission. The giant from Mountain View believes that Android is a platform that gives choice to both smartphone manufacturers, operators, application developers and users. Companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, or Huawei, alongside the Google application, can install their programs. The same can be done by operators who often prepare applications for their clients that facilitate the use of the customer service platform. However, users can easily install programs that are an alternative to the Google application. In the case of the Chrome browser, which is troublesome for the European Union, everyone can easily download and install an alternative in the form of Opera Mini, Firefox (in both cases over 100 million downloads), or UC Browser, which has been downloaded over 500 million times. And by default, Google’s installed applications mean that every person who buys an Android smartphone gets a fully functional device right away. As a result, consumers are not attached to the solutions of a given manufacturer.
It remains to be hoped that the European Commission will change its decision and will not force Google to change the rules of cooperation with smartphone manufacturers. The current mechanism works and works well, and the user ultimately decides about the used applications.