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BRUSSELS IMPOSES A NEW RECORD FINE OF 4,343 MILLIONS ON GOOGLE FOR ANDROID

The European Commission (EC) today imposed on Google a fine of 4,343 million euros for illegal practices with its operating system for Android mobile phones in order to strengthen the domain of its search engine, the highest sanction inflicted in the history of the EU regulator.

The technological giant Google announced that it will appeal the decision of the European Commission (EC) to impose a fine of 4.343 million euros to strengthen its position of dominance with the operating system for Android phones, according to the company through the social network Twitter.

“Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to consolidate their dominance position in Internet searches,” the EU executive said in a statement.

This penalty is added to the fine of 2,424 million euros that the EU Executive imposed on the US giant in June 2017 for abuse of dominance by favoring its shopping comparison service in its search engine, which until today was the most expensive sanction. high imposed by Brussels on a single company.

The European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, pointed out that Google imposes three types of restrictions “to ensure that the traffic of Android devices goes to the search engine” of the company, which according to Brussels “has denied rivals the possibility of innovating and competing for its merits “and, to consumers,” the benefits “of such competition.

In particular, Brussels alleges that Google required manufacturers to pre-install their search services (Google Search) and browser (Chrome) as a condition for granting them the license to use their application store (Play Store).

In addition, it adds that it mades certain payments to large manufacturers and mobile network operators provided that they installed their search engine by default, while preventing them from selling smartphones that had alternative versions of Android not approved by Google.

The Commission’s investigation, which began in April 2015 and one year later, on April 20, 2016, led it to formally accuse the company, has concluded that these practices are part of a Google “strategy” to consolidate their dominant position and violate the European Competition rules.

The Commission’s decision requires the US giant to “end its illegal behavior effectively within 90 days” from the decision.

“At least Google has to stop and not reoffend in any of these three types of practices (…) and also refrain from any measure that has a similar purpose or equivalent to these”, EC says.

Brussels recalled Google develops the operating system and grants licenses for the use of Android, which is used in 80% of smartphones in Europe and the world.

He also pointed out that the research has concluded that the search engine dominates in the market of general services of search in Internet in the European Economic Area, and worldwide (except in China) in the licensing of operating systems for mobile phones and application stores for Android, with more than 90% market share in all of them.

The decision of the EC is addressed to Google and Alphabet, its parent. (July 18, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...  
A
la CE acaba de comenzar una investigación sobre lo que está haciendo Google.
B
una empresa tecnológica reconoce haber realizado prácticas ilegales para obtener más beneficios.
C
una empresa tecnológica ha sido sancionada por la CE.
Question 2
Sobre esas prácticas ilegales, la CE considera que...        
A
Google las hizo para que el posicionamiento de su  buscador estuviera más reforzado en los móviles con Android.
B
Google no hizo nada ilegal para que su buscador fuera el más utilizado en los móviles con Android.
C
Google no era consciente de que estaba realizando ningún tipo de actividad ilegal.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que...      
A
aún no se ha demostrado que Google haya hecho nada ilegal para fortalecer el dominio de sus servicios. 
B
esta no es la primera vez que la empresa Google es sancionada por tratar de favorecer su servicio.
C
esta es la primera vez que  se sanciona  a Google por realizar prácticas ilegales y abusivas.
Question 4
Google anunció que pagará esa sanción rápidamente.  
A
Claro que sí
B
¡Imposible saberlo!
C
En absoluto.
Question 5
Según la CE...    
A
Google permite que se utilice Play Store aunque el usuario utilice el navegador de otra empresa.
B
la forma de actuar de Google impide y dificulta que haya una mayor competitividad en el sector.
C
la forma de actuar de Google favorece a que haya más competitividad en el sector.
Question 6
Según el vídeo, la CE  ha acusado a Google porque piensa que...        
A
permite a los clientes la posibilidad de elegir previamente qué aplicaciones quieren.
B
obliga a los fabricantes de Android a incluir aplicaciones sin que el cliente las pueda elegir.
C
no ofrece aplicaciones compatibles que puedan ser utilizadas en teléfonos móviles con un sistema Android.
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