Google declared that the most searched word on Microsoft search engine Bing is “Google”. Alphabet Inc unit lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid at the European Union’s General Court in Luxembourg made this statement during a hearing of a 2018 antitrust penalty case.
Google had been penalized by The European Commission who alleged that it had unfairly forced its search engine on Android mobile phones. The commission also stated that Google was trying to obstruct the competition by creating a near-monopoly.
In response to the allegations, Lamadrid asserted that users chose to use Google themselves and were not forced to do the same. He notified that there was an alignment between Google’s general search market share and consumer surveys as they showed 95 per cent users preferred Google over search engines.
As per reports, out of three antitrust penalties, this one amounted more than $8 billion which the commission had penalized Google with between 2017 and 2019. The two penalties were focused on shopping and search, and the California company appealed for all three. Even though the penalties had huge amount, critics stated that Google could easily afford them and that the fines won’t affect much in context to widen competition. The commission’s original decision notified that Google’s practices restrict competition and lessened user choices. Google is all set with its argument that Android has led to lower-priced phones and aroused competition with its major competitor, Apple.
As per reports, the company during the five-day hearing at the European Court of Justice’s General Court said that Android has created multiple choice for everyone, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world.
the June report by the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) investigations unit stated that Alphabet’s Google reduced “the ability and incentive of device manufacturers to develop and sell devices operating on alternative versions of Android.