It has been, without a doubt,: The European Commission has imposed a fine on Google of more than 4,000 million euros, due to alleged practices of abuse on Android . But Google, of course, has not hesitated to respond to the C.E publicly, through a, published by Sundar Pichai, CEO of the “great G” and under the title “Android has created more options, not less.”
According to Google, the decision taken by the European Commission completely ignores the fact that Android smartphones rival Apple’s iPhone, in addition to not taking into account the huge number of options that Android offers to both smartphone manufacturers and operators, application developers and the billions of users who use an Android phone.
In the official statement issued by the European Commission, it is alleged that the fine of 4,340 million euros is due to illegal practices with respect to Android mobile devices, with the aim of strengthening the domain of the Google search engine. To this, Google responds that, today, a typical Android smartphone that any user can acquire, comes with about 40 pre-installed applications, created by different developers , and not only by the company that sells the phone.
In addition, the user can, at any time, Remove these applications and install alternatives directly from Google Play, something that, according to the search engine company, the European Commission does not seem to take into account: “C.E ignores the new breadth of options and clear evidence on how people use their phones today.”.
According to Google, it only takes 30 seconds to delete a pre-installed app from an Android phone and replace it with an alternative.
Beyond this, Google notes that, since 2007 when Android first saw the light, the intention of the company has been to offer its mobile platform free of charge to manufacturers and operators. In addition, these have been offered the possibility of implement the Google application suite, consisting of services such as the search engine, Google Maps or the Play Store application store, thanks to which the company obtains benefits , while ensuring to users and manufacturers that the phone will work as expected right out of the box. In any case, the manufacturer in question can, at any time, refuse to include Google applications on your device, and even bet on services created by competing companies.
Finally, Sundar Pichai alleges that Google knows that the huge size of the Android platform carries consequences and great responsibilities , and the company has shown that they are willing to make changes. However, this decision is worrying in the face of the balance achieved by the platform as an open operating system, which could force the company, in the future, to change the Android business model – for example, turning the operating system into a payment platform by which manufacturers have to pay to use it on their devices. Of course, the firm based in Mountain View will appeal the fine imposed by the European body.