July 18, 2018 / 11:23 AM / 5 months ago

Google says will appeal EU fine

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager addresses a news conference on Google in Brussels, Belgium, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O) said it will appeal against a record 4.34-billion-euro (3.86 billion pounds) fine levied by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday over illegal restrictions on Android smartphone makers and mobile network operators.

“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less,” Google spokesman Al Verney said. “A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition. We will appeal the Commission’s decision.”

Reporting by Yun Chee Foo; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel @AdeCar

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