The company was found guilty in South Korea.
South Korea It doesn’t seem like the best country at the moment for Google. The government approved legislation allowing Google and Apple to require developers to use their payment methods in South Korea. This would allow them to avoid paying the 30% commission.
Mountain View was found guilty of abusing its dominant market position to block manufacturers from using modified Android on their phones.
By modified versions they refer to the changes that each manufacturer makes to customize their version of Android on different computers. Google does not prohibit layers of personalization, but it has signed an agreement with its partners to prevent fragmentation. They are prohibited from making major changes to the operating systems.
According to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), their concern about this agreement is that Google may prevent the development of new Android competitors.
Although Android is open-source, Google has been closing down more of the elements it offers its partners over the years after signing the agreement to prevent fragmentation. After the agreement is approved, manufacturers can access the development versions of Android and the Play Store, as well as other services.
The company will be required to pay 207.400m won (or about 177 million US dollars) for this practice.
A spokesperson for the company mentioned CNBC that Android policies have allowed South Korean manufacturers to succeed in the marketplace thanks to their openness to innovation.
According to the company, “The KFTC decision that was released today ignores these advantages and will reduce the benefits that consumers have.”
On the other hand, Google ensures that its policies against fragmentation are necessary to ensure that the applications work on most Android phones.
According to a spokesperson for Google, the company will appeal against the KFTC decision.