According to the Commission, Google abused its dominance on the relevant markets by imposing restrictions that limited market access for Google’s competitors. First, it required manufacturers of smart mobile devices to pre-install Google Search and Google’s Chrome browser on their devices as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store). Second, it gave significant financial incentives to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on the condition that they exclusively pre-installed Google Search on their devices. Third, it prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling smart mobile devices running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google. The fine follows an in-depth investigation the Commission launched in April 2015.
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