South Korea’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday fined Google 207.4 billion won ($176.9 million) in a lawsuit over its use of its dominant position in the field of mobile operating systems to pressure competition in the market, where Google’s Android operating system holds the largest share of the smartphone operating system market, overtaking Apple’s iOS.
The court alleges that the US tech giant is using its market-dominant power to prevent smartphone makers such as Samsung from using operating systems developed by competitors, and media sources added that the regulator, which published the decision in the Korean language, stated that Google is asking smartphone makers to agree to an “AFA non-retail agreement” when signing major contracts for licenses to use the App Store as well as early access to operating systems.
The AFA agreement prevents phone makers from downloading modified versions of the Android system, known as the “Android fork“, into their devices, as the antitrust authority described these practices by Google as “impeding creativity” in developing new operating systems for smartphones, and it called on Google to stop forcing companies to sign the agreement and ordered it to take corrective action in this regard.
The fine imposed is very small compared to the tech giant’s quarterly figures, as Alphabet, which is the owner of Google, posted revenue of $61.88 billion last quarter alone. Read More [Alphabet Quarterly Revenue Reaches Record Levels].
It is reported that Apple recently faced a similar issue regarding the monopoly of the payment systems within its application in addition to the monopoly of application development in India. Read more [US Court Orders Apple To Ease App Store’s Laws] and [Apple Faces Serious Antitrust Case In India].