is reportedly going to be hit with a second major penalty
from European competition regulators over antitrust.
is accused of forcing smartphone makers to pre-install
services such as Google search with its Android operating
timing couldn't be worse for Google given the growing
global appetite to break up big tech — and it might be
forced to unbundle Android from its search business.
could be Google's Microsoft monopoly moment.
is staring down the barrel of its own Microsoft moment.
search giant may be hit with another massive fine from the
EU in an antitrust case that involves its popular Android
to reports inThe
European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager will
announce her decision on the case in July. The Financial
Times reported that the finding would be negative, meaning
Google faces paying a substantial fine.
demands gave Google an advantage and hamper user choice,
according to the European Commission. Android is also the
dominant mobile software globally.
has echoes of Microsoft's situation some 30 years ago.
1998, Microsoft had the most popular operating system in the
world with Windows. It was also bundling the Internet
Explorer browser and its Media Player with the operating
according to the EU and the US government, deprived users of
choice, and the EU eventually forced Microsoft to release a
version of Windows without Media Player.According
to The New York Times, the US government's lawsuits
against Microsoft helped a younger competitor rise up in
search — Google.
Google and its big technology peers — Facebook, Amazon, and
Apple — have never faced a greater threat of break-up.
of this is thanks to Europe's aggressive targeting of
Silicon Valley, which may prompt US regulators to act too
and target Google in the same way they broke up AT&T in
also down to a growing awareness of how big technology
companies have grown horizontally and spread into multiple
areas, redefining traditional thinking about what
constitutes a monopoly. Should the EU win this fight, it may
eventually result in Google having to unbundle Android from
the meantime, the search giant is vigorously defending
itself to avoid such an outcome. It's contesting last year's
€2.4 billion fine over how it displays search results for
shopping, and is facing a third case where it's accused of
using AdSense to block rivals in online advertising.
Insider has contacted Google for comment.