Google's Fuchsia OS may replace Android within the next five years

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"It's possible phone manufacturers won't actually take advantage of the newfound freedom they have", said Thomas Vinje, lead lawyer for FairSearch, the Brussels-based lobbying group backed by Oracle, TripAdvisor and others that was the main complainant in the case.

The EU is also ordering Google to "stop and to not re-engage" in business practices that it says Google relied on to cement its dominance, including bundling its search and browser apps with its Android operating system.

Vestager said Google "must put an effective end to this conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments" of up to five percent of the worldwide average daily revenue of its parent company, Alphabet.

The EU takedown of Google is six to eight years too late, with users paying the price, said Geoff Blaber of CCS Insight.

The Commission has been fighting Google on multiple fronts for nearly a decade.

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The report also asserts that members of the team say that Fuchsia could someday power all of Google's devices, including Pixel smartphones and Google Home speakers, as well as third-party devices that now rely on Android and or Chrome OS.

The penalty is almost double the previous record of 2.4 billion euros which the USA tech company was ordered to pay a year ago over its online shopping search service.

The Competition Commissioner said that Google carried out its abuse at a time when the mobile internet was growing quickly, helping it ensure that its advertising-supported search service repeated the success it had already found on desktop computers.

In addition, her team has a third investigation underway into Google's advert-placing business AdSense.

"Google is a company with a lot of enemies, including in the United States", he said.

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Google froze Amazon out of the smartphone market, said Margrethe Vestager. Giving this industry easier access to consumers should be a goal for European policy makers and regulators. There's apparently no concrete plan in place, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Android/Chrome boss Hiroshi Lockheimer reportedly have yet to sign off on a roadmap.

It's also possible not much will change.

At a minimum, then, manufactuers should be free to sell Android phones later this year that offer different search engines by default - perhaps ones like Qwant or DuckDuckGo that promise to respect their users' privacy - and ship with an alternative browser. Chrome, and not a Microsoft-developed program, is now the most popular browser on Windows.

"It means that Google should cease its anti-competitive practices regarding smartphones, but also in other areas - smart TVs in particular - where it is foreclosing competition by using the same practices".

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