Italy fines Google $123 million for abuse of dominant place

Milan: Italy`s competitors watchdog mentioned on Thursday (Could 12) it had fined Google 102 million euros ($123 million) for abuse of its dominant place resulting from its Android cell working system and app retailer Google Play.

“Through android and the app store Google Play, Google has a dominant position which allows it to control the reach app developers have on final users,” the regulator mentioned in an announcement, including that nearly three-quarters of Italians use smartphones operating on Android.

The regulator mentioned Google didn’t permit JuicePass, an electrical car (EV) providers app from Enel X, to function on Android Auto – which permits apps for use whereas driving – unfairly limiting its use whereas favouring Google Maps.

Google has not been permitting the app on Android Auto for 2 years, which may compromise Enel X`s means to construct a consumer base, the watchdog mentioned.

“The contested conduct can influence the development of e-mobility in a crucial phase … with possible negative spill-over effects on the spreading of electric vehicles,” the antitrust regulator mentioned.

Enel X is the “e-solutions” division of Italian utility Enel and Juice Move primarily permits customers to search out charging stations on maps and look at their particulars.

On high of the fantastic, the regulator mentioned it had requested Google make JuicePass out there on Android Auto.

Google was not instantly out there for remark.

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