LUXEMBOURG – Paying phone makers to pre-install Google Search on their devices was not intended to stifle competition, but was necessary to seize market share from Apple for Android, Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday, Europe’s second told the top court.
Google was addressing the General Court on the third day of a week-long hearing as it seeks judges to overturn a record 4.3 billion euro ($3.7 billion) EU antitrust fine and a European Commission order to loosen its search engine grip. can be done. Android device.
The EU competition watchdog took issue with two types of deals it had made with phone makers, one paid for pre-installing only Google Search on their devices, known as a revenue sharing arrangement (RSA). Because it closes the opponent.
This was not the case and the payment was only meant to encourage phone makers, who were already making money from other apps, to give Android a place, Google’s lawyer Asimakis Kominos told the court.
“Google had to offer an offsetting revenue stream. An incentive to persuade them to open up and adopt the Android platform. At the same time, RSA also helped them keep prices down and compete more successfully with Apple,” he said.
“And apparently, Google was getting a promotional opportunity in return, the only preinstallation that allowed it to invest in a free OS (operating system), a free app store, and so on.”
On top of that, RSA only covered 5 percent of the market, Comnino said.
The commission’s lawyer, Nicholas Khan, rejected the claim.
“What worried him was that competitors were gaining traction,” he said, and that RDAs were “the pinnacle of Google’s interlocking practices.”
The decision is likely to come next year. Case T-604/18 Google v. European Commission
by Fu Yun Chi
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times