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European Union Charges Google With Abusing Mobile App Market

The European Union said Wednesday that Google breached the bloc’s competition laws by giving preferential treatment to its Android operating system on mobile applications.

EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestagerpublished a so-called Statement of Objections laying out the case. The tech giant has 12 weeks to issue a formal reply.

“A competitive mobile internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe. Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players,” Vestager said.

“Dominant companies have a responsibility not to abuse their position,” said Vestager. “Google has abused its dominant position.”

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