Why Google Has Extra Time to Defend Against Android Antitrust Charges
Google (GOOG) has received a six-week extension for handing in its response to the European Commission’s charges over alleged abuses in the way it runs the Android ecosystem.
The Commission said back in April that Google was breaking competition law by forcing manufacturers to preinstall all its services if they want to use its app store, and forego non-Google versions of Android if they want to make any devices with the Google version.
The EU executive also said Google was unlawfully paying manufacturers and operators to set Google as the default search engine on devices.
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Google had until July 27 to respond to the Commission’s “statement of objections,” but that deadline has now been pushed back to September 7.
“Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file,” Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso told Fortune via email. “In line with normal practice, the Commission analyzed the reasons for the request and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defence.”
The statement of objections was the second that the Commission launched at Google in the last couple years. The first concerned alleged antitrust abuses in the way it runs its comparison shopping services, and competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in March that she was less than impressed with the data Google had coughed up to defend that case.
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Vestager is also looking into complaints about Google’s advertising business practices. Any of these cases could, if and when they finally get resolved, have a major impact on Google’s strategy.