July 18, 2018 / 8:49 AM / 4 months ago

EU expected to fine Google $5 bln over Android - Bloomberg

July 18 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google is expected to be fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($5.00 billion) by the European Union over its Android system, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai had a call with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager late Tuesday for a meeting, Bloomberg reported bloom.bg/2zL6sGs citing a source.

The EU antitrust enforcer has charged Google with using its dominant Android to marginalise rivals following a three-year-long investigation - seen as the most important of three EU cases against the world’s most popular internet search engine.

Google was not immediately available for comment.

Vestager will hold a news conference at 1100 GMT, the European Commission said, where she is expected to announce a record fine against Google.

The Commission said Vestager would speak on an antitrust case but did not provide details. ($1 = 0.8606 euros) (Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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