The European Commission has granted Google more time to respond to its antitrust charges. If convicted Google will have to shell out $7.4 billion for each charge of up to 10% of its global turnover.
The European Commission has informed that Google has been given an extra 3 weeks to respond to EU’s antitrust charge of abusing its position of dominance in the Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals.
Earlier the Alphabet’s Google was supposed to file a response by today, but has sought an extension seeking more time. It will now have to file a reply by October 7.
Earlier this year in April, the Commission had accused Google of harming consumer’s interest by requiring that all mobile phone manufacturers pre-install Google Search and Google Chrome browser on their Android handset in order to access other Google apps.
“We confirm that the new deadline set by the Commission is Oct. 7. Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file,” said a spokesman for the Commission.
Google has also asked and has been granted an extension to October 13 for a separate charge of favouring its shipping service over rivals in internet search rankings.
On October 5 it has to respond to yet another accusation of blocking competitors in online search advertising.
Google faces a fine of upto 10% of its global turnover or $7.4 billion for each charge which are all designed to force it to change the way it conducts business.
Previously, Google has denied any wrongdoing.