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Google slapped with a $177 million fine by South Korea’s antitrust authorities

The Korea Fair Trade Commission has imposed a $177 million fine on Google, accusing the tech large of utilizing its dominant position within the market to hamper the event of Android rivals. According to Yonhap News, Korea’s antitrust regulator has determined that the anti-fragmentation settlement (AFA) Google makes producers register alternate for utilizing its Android working system hampers competitors. 

The settlement prevents telephone producers, together with Korean corporations Samsung and LG, from creating and putting in their very own variations of the Android OS (or Android forks) on their gadgets. Yonhap News says the fee has been wanting into whether or not the settlement stifles competitors since 2016. In addition to slapping Google with a fine, the fee has additionally banned the company from forcing producers to signal AFAs going ahead and to switch current ones. 

In a assertion despatched to Bloomberg and CNBC, the tech large argued that Android and its compatibility program sped up innovation and improved consumer expertise, benefiting corporations that embody Korean producers. “The KFTC’s decision released today ignores these benefits, and will undermine the advantages enjoyed by consumers. Google intends to appeal the KFTC’s decision,” the spokesperson stated.

The KFTC has revealed its determination on the identical day Korea’s modification to the nation’s Telecommunications Business Act went dwell. That modification provides a legislation that can require Google and Apple to permit third-party funds for the functions on their App Stores.

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