• Google seeks to play down EU Android probe


    PARIS: Google sought to play down its anti-trust battle with the European Commission on Friday (Saturday in Manila), with a senior executive insisting the row was “normal.” Brussels has charged Google with abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system in a move which could change the face of the global smart phone sector. But Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, Google’s Europe head of strategic partnerships, said he was unfazed by the investigation. “We’ll see where that leads. It’s normal, given the importance Android has in Europe … that the Commission undertakes controls,” Biondo told reporters. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says the Silicon Valley giant has used practices such as making manufacturers pre-install its market-leading search engine as the default in phones to “abuse its dominant position.” Brussels believes such practices breach EU competition law.



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