Google Android decision encourages ‘victory’ for EU, says Vestager

A European court ruling this week that upheld a record European Union antitrust fine against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for its Android mobile operating system represents a clear ‘victory’ for regulators battling tech giants said EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager.

A European court ruling this week that upheld a record European Union antitrust fine against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for its Android mobile operating system represents a clear ‘victory’ for regulators battling tech giants said EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager.

“It’s a win,” Vestager said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Thursday. “A large majority of the case is fully affirmed, which means the court has upheld our view. Because of this, we also feel encouraged to continue to apply in matters of Big Tech.”

EU judges on Wednesday upheld the vast majority of the European Commission’s case against Google over Android, which regulators say cemented the company’s search engine dominance. They slightly reduced Google’s record penalty to 4.1 billion euros ($4.1 billion) from 4.3 billion euros ($4.3 billion).

Vestager pointed out that the commission has ongoing competition investigations into Apple Inc., Meta Platforms Inc. in addition to Google.

Wednesday’s decision can be appealed to the bloc’s highest court, the EU Court of Justice.

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