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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

John Brown (no body) Silver badge

Re: EU Highwaymen....

"I cant help but think this is nothing to do with antitrust but about topping up the EU pot of money."

Even what looks like an enormous fine to you is still only a tiny amount in terms of the EU annual budget. Its barely a blip on the radar.

"The only part I think is totally wrong is that manufacturers cannot use a fork on another handset and be able to have play on another. That is wrong. They stopped car manufacturers limiting sales at dealers to their cars which amounts to the same thing."

And this is exactly what the fine is about. Google have been told this strong-arming was illegal for years but took no notice. The large fine is based on not just the action, but the duration of the action, after being told they were being naughty boys and girls.

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