google has failed to convince Europe’s General Court reverses the Commission’s ruling in its Android antitrust case and its decision to impose a €4.3bn/US$4.3bn fine on the company. The General Court upheld the Commission’s original ruling in 2018 that Google used its dominant market position to impose restrictions on manufacturers making Android phones and tablets. However, it reduced the fine somewhat and decided that €4,125 (US$4,121 million) is the most appropriate amount based on its findings.

The Commission previously found that Google acted illegally by forcing Android makers to pre-install its apps and search engine. In doing so, the Commission said the company was able to “cement its dominant position in general Internet searches”. That’s a big deal according to FairSearch, the group of organizations that lobby against Google’s search domain and the original plaintiff in the case, because Google’s search engine is monetized by paid advertising. The tech giant makes most of its money from online advertising, according to data from StatesmanGoogle’s ad revenue in 2021 was $209.49 billion.


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