A choice in a protracted operating EU antitrust probe of Google’s Android OS is because of land shortly.
European Commission officers are trailing a press convention with competitors commissioner Margrethe Vestager — to announce an “antitrust decision” at 1pm CET, with a hyperlink to observe the occasion streamed reside.
Bloomberg is reporting the EU’s high-quality for Android might be within the area of $5BN — which might be the biggest ever antitrust penalty handed down by the Commission.
In April, Reuters reported on a 2016 doc it had reviewed which mentioned the Commission deliberate to levy a big high-quality towards Google and would additionally order the corporate to cease giving revenue-sharing funds to smartphone makers to pre-install solely Google Search. Reuters additionally reported then that Google can be ordered to cease requiring its personal Chrome browser and different apps to be put in alongside Google’s Play retailer.
The Commission will verify the total particulars of its Android determination within the subsequent few hours.
Stay tuned for extra as we get it…
Update: Full report here.