Google antitrust probe to expand into Android: report

November 15, 2019 09:57
Google is said to be facing an expanded US antitrust probe that will cover the firm's Android business. Photo: Reuters

The several dozen attorneys general investigating advertising practices at Google are planning to expand their antitrust probe into the unit’s flagship Android business, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The investigation, led by the Texas attorney general’s office, is known to have focused on Google’s search and digital advertising businesses since it began in September.

Google has said it is cooperating with the probe by US states and territories and noted that previous investigations in several have considered similar issues without charging the company with wrongdoing. It did not have further comment on Thursday.

The Alphabet unit also faces two other major inquiries — a US Justice Department investigation and a probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee — both of which have broad reviews of the big internet companies underway.

Last year, Google was fined 4.34 billion euros by the European Commission, which said the tech giant gave itself an unfair advantage by pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones and notebooks. Reuters

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