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South Korea reportedly fines Google $177M for abusing Android dominance


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South Korea's competition regulator is fining Google 207.4 billion won, or roughly $177 million, for allegedly abusing its dominance in the smartphone market by squeezing out rivals to its Android operating system, according to a report from Bloomberg

Android is the world's most widely used mobile OS, powering almost nine out of every 10 smartphones shipped globally. 

The Korean Fair Trade Commission reportedly said Google blocked device makers like Samsung and LG from using operating systems developed by rivals, in part by making manufactures sign "anti-fragmentation agreements." The regulator, which published its decision in Korean, banned Google from forcing device makers to sign these agreements and said existing ones should be modified, according to Bloomberg. 

A Google spokesperson said the company's compatibility program has spurred hardware and software innovation, bringing "enormous success" to Korean device makers and developers. Google plans to appeal the ...


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