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Google formally offered its solutions to avoid more EU mega – fines Wednesday , after Brussels accused the US tech giant of illegally abusing the dominance of its Android operating system for mobile devices .
The European Commission in July hit Google with its biggest ever fine , imposing a 4 . 34 billion euro ( $ 5 billion ) penalty , giving the US tech giant 90 days to change its practices .

Brussels accused Google of using the Android system ’ s dominance of smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals .

Google has appealed the decision , arguing that the EU ’ s accusations were unfounded , but on Wednesday said it would comply with the decision in order to avoid further fines .

“ We have confirmed to the European Commission how we will comply with its recent decision on Android , ” said Al Verney, a spokesperson for Google in Brussels .

In a blogpost detailing the solution , Google said it would change existing practice and allow smartphone and tablet makers — such as Samsung or Huawei — to create non – Android compliant phones in parallel to compliant ones .

In addition, device manufacturers will now pay an unspecified license fee to have access to Google applications — such as Gmail or Youtube — that will come separately to the super dominant Google Search App or the Chrome browser.

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Google refused to specify the amount of the license fee or whether manufacturers would pass it along to customers .

Last week , Google appealed the EU’ s biggest ever anti – trust fine , saying that Android had “ created more choice , not less. ”

But if Google had failed to ensure compliance with the Commission decision , it would be liable to fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet , Google ’ s parent company .

( AFP )

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