Tag Archive: Fine


Google defends Android following $5 billion fine from European Commission

The EC claims Google is too heavy-handed with its services on the OS.

Less than a week ago, a report claimed that the European Commission was in talks to fine Google for heavily pushing its software/services on Android. The EC has since made that news official and is charging Google €4.3 billion (around $ 5 billion USD).

Margrethe Vestager is one of the people leading this charge against Google, and according to her, Google’s acted illegally by  [Read More…]

Google might face a $2.82 billion fine for pushing its services on Android

The European Commission is behind this.

When you get a new Android phone, you probably don’t think too much about the Google Search widget on your home screen, Chrome being set as the default browser, or all of Google’s big apps pre-installed out of the box. However, the European Commission certainly has and is planning on fining Google billions of dollars for these actions.

According to a report this week from The Wall Street Journal, it’s expected  [Read More…]

Google looking at massive EU fine, possible changes to Android

Google is facing possible record-breaking fines from European regulators over its Android policies. This stems from the practice of Google requiring their search engine and apps to be bundled with Android phones. Without bundling these apps and using Google as the default search option your phone would lose access to the coveted Play Store.

It is because of this policy, that the European Union (EU) competition chief Margrethe Vestager is expected to impose a fine on Google that could reach into  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Display notches are fine, but companies are doing a horrible job justifying them

Proper messaging is half the battle.

It was all foreshadowed last year by the Essential Phone, and kicked into the public consciousness with the iPhone X. The notches are here to stay, and 2018 will be the year where notched displays are the norm rather the exception.

ASUS cringingly revealed its ZenFone 5 back at MWC. The new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have notches on two different display aspect ratios. OnePlus chose to straight-up pre-announce that the OnePlus  [Read More…]

The notch is fine and you should get used to it

We’re starting to see more phones with the dreaded notch, but what’s the big deal?

In the wake of newly announced phones like the ASUS Zenfone 5 and the rumored Huawei P20, there’s been a lot of talk about the dreaded notch coming to more Android phones. A lot of people have pointed the blame at the iPhone X for starting this hardware trend, but while it’s true that Apple has been the most high-profile notched phone  [Read More…]

Read the fine print: Terms of service, privacy policies and the power of knowledge

It’s the only way to know what you’re giving away.

When you buy a new phone or install a new app, reading the boring (and often difficult to comprehend) privacy policies and terms of use are the last thing you want to do. But it’s also the most important part of the process.

We were having a discussion about visual voicemail in the Android Central Slack channel recently. With Marshmallow, Google introduced a visual voicemail framework for  [Read More…]

EU considers yet another record fine for Google, this time over Android’s anti-competitive terms

The EU and Google continue to battle over antitrust allegations.

Google may be facing yet another decision in an antitrust investigation in the EU, according to a new report by Reuters, including a fine that could exceed $ 2.7 billion. The news comes just a few days after the EU finalized a record-setting $ 2.7 billion fine over Google’s practices involving shopping ads in search. It serves to reason, then, that a fine for something as large as terms  [Read More…]

EU’s antitrust regulators expected to set a record fine for Google this week

European Union’s ruling may change the way Google displays its advertisements across the web.

Google has been in a long legal battle in the European Union over its Adsense for Search platform. The “statements of objections” were initially filed last year over Google’s practice of having an unfair advantage in the ad wars by preventing third-party websites and platforms from showing competitor’s ads. Now, the EU’s antitrust regulators are ready to settle on a penalty for the search company.

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Honor 9 is the sum of many incremental upgrades, and that’s just fine

The biggest upgrades in this year’s Honor flagship will be software, camera, and audio.

The Honor 9 won’t be announced in Europe for another couple of weeks — a launch event is scheduled for June 27 — but thanks to the standard early Chinese launch, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the handset.

It’s the direct successor to the Honor 8, one of our favorite mid-priced flagships of 2016, and  [Read More…]

Qualcomm hit with $853 million fine in South Korea for violating antitrust laws

Qualcomm could end up paying a hefty fine in Korea and amend its business practices.

Qualcomm has been fined a record 1.03 trillion won ($ 853 million) by South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) over antitrust violations. The regulator said that Qualcomm’s “unnecessarily broad patent licensing requirements” resulted in phone makers paying more royalties than required for its modem chips.

Qualcomm was also found to be in violation of competition law as it limited access to its  [Read More…]