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Google intends to appeal EU's $5bn fine

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Google aims to file an appeal against the €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) fine imposed by the European Commission on the company for breaching the EU’s antitrust rules through Android.

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"Today’s decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less. We intend to appeal," Sundar Pichai, the company’s CEO, said in a statement.

Pichai said the commission ruled out competition between Android and IOS operating systems.

The European Commission said Google stipulates manufacturers must pre-install its search and browser applications to get the app store licenses, and it also made payments to manufacturers and GSM operators to pre-install its applications on devices.

Pichai noted that around 40 apps from multiple developers are pre-installed on typical smart devices, not just by Google.

"If you prefer other apps - or browsers, or search engines - to the preloaded ones, you can easily disable or delete them, and choose other apps instead," he added.

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