By Mauro Orru

 

Alphabet Inc.'s Google will appeal a decision from the European Union's second-highest court that largely upheld a fine of more than 4 billion euros ($4.16 billion) against the company for allegedly abusing the market dominance of its Android operating system.

The EU's General Court in Luxembourg in September annulled one element of the original 2018 decision that alleged Google had breached competition laws by making revenue-sharing payments with manufacturers to exclusively pre-install Google Search, reducing the overall fine by about 5% to EUR4.13 billion.

"We have decided to appeal the General Court's decision because there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice," a Google spokesperson said. "Android has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world."

The EU competition regulator in July 2018 fined Google to the tune of almost EUR4.34 billion for allegedly abusing the market dominance of its Android operating system for mobile phones to promote its search engine and Chrome browser on mobile devices.

The decision focused in large part on how Google bundled together the licensing of its apps for Android devices.

 

Write to Mauro Orru at mauro.orru@wsj.com; @MauroOrru94

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 01, 2022 10:42 ET (15:42 GMT)

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