Not just Google, Apple deserves an European Union fine too

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Margrethe Vestager, EU Antitrust Chief who is in charge of the competition policy, said that the US tech giant has been unlawfully using Android's near-monopoly since 2011 to improve usage of its own search engine and browser and to strengthen its dominant position in general Internet search.

European Union officials on Wednesday also ordered Google to stop using its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, adding to trade tensions between Washington and Brussels.

European Union also ordered Google to halt anti-competitive practices in deals with smartphone makers and telecoms providers within 90 days or face additional penalties of up to 5 percent of parent Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover, Reuters reported.

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Android has "created more choice for everyone, not less", Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted.

Small Google search competitors such as Qwant and DuckDuckGo said they now stand a better chance of getting promoted by device makers.

Ms Vestager previously fined Google €2.4bn ($2.8bn; £2.1bn) over a separate probe into its shopping comparison service - a ruling the tech firm is in the process of appealing against.

"This is an important step in disciplining Google's abusive behaviour in relation to Android", said spokesman Thomas Vinje.

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A third antitrust case, which is still being investigated, involves the Google advertising placement service AdSense.

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Google froze Amazon out of the smartphone market, said Margrethe Vestager.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the United States tech giant illegally used Android's near-monopoly to boost usage of its own search engine and browser. Giving this industry easier access to consumers should be a goal for European policy makers and regulators.

Some Europeans want regulators to go much further and perhaps even break up Google.

Brussels has repeatedly targeted Google over the past decade amid concerns about the Silicon Valley giant's dominance of internet search across Europe, where it commands about 90 percent of the market. "They could these users to try their own services before they get completely hooked on Google".

Windsor said that because many of Google's contracts with smartphone makers are global, the ruling could force it to change its strategy elsewhere including Africa. Google Search, Chrome and the Play Store are popular with consumers and developers.