Alphabet’s Google told Europe’s second top court on Wednesday that the purpose of paying phone makers to simply pre-install Google Search on their devices was not to stifle competition, but to seize market share from Apple for Android. were required.
Google was addressing the General Court on the third day of a week-long hearing as it asked judges a record EUR-4.3-billion (about Rs 37,185 crore) EU antitrust fine and a European Commission order to loosen its search. was trying to dismiss. Engine grip on Android devices.
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 for them to open up and adopt the Android platform. At the same time, RSA also helped 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, etc.”
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.
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