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South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by HonNL: 4:53am On Sep 14, 2021
Company said to have impeded development of competing software

Regulator orders change to Google contracts with manufacturers


South Korea fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google $177 million (270billion won) for hampering the development of rivals to its Android operating system, sustaining a campaign targeting the U.S. search giant’s dominance in smartphone software.

Regulators accuse Google, whose mobile operating system powers more than 80% of smartphones around the world, of using its immense bargaining power to squeeze out the competition. The Korea Fair Trade Commission said Google’s anti-fragmentation agreements (AFA) with manufacturers like Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. prevented gadget makers from developing or using modified versions of the Android OS. The watchdog banned Google from forcing manufacturers to sign AFA contracts and ordered that it modify existing ones.

Korea in August became the first country to pass a law forcing Apple Inc. and Google to open up their app stores to outside payment systems, setting a potentially radical precedent for their lucrative operations everywhere from India to the U.S. That bill becomes effective Sept. 14, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement. Tuesday’s 207.4 billion won fine is one of the highest levied in the country over abuse of market dominance, with only Qualcomm Inc.’s mobile chipsets drawing higher sanctions.

The new measures from the KFTC are intended to spur competition by freeing companies to create so-called forks of Android -- versions built from the same basic building blocks but modified to suit the manufacturer’s aims, such as targeting different device classes or use cases -- without fear of punitive measures from Google.

“The Fair Trade Commission’s action was not limited to mobile devices, but corrective measures included emerging smart device-related areas such as smart watches and smart TVs,” Chairperson Joh Sung-wook said in a briefing on Tuesday. “Therefore, we expect that new innovations will occur as some competitive pressures in this area are activated.”

The market dominance of Google in the mobile arena has solidified as a result of the tech giant’s obstruction of competitors, the Korean regulator said. Amazon.com Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. failed to launch mobile OS businesses while Samsung and LG were not able to release devices such as smartwatches and speakers with new services on time due to Google’s obstruction, according to the Commission.

Separately, the KFTC is investigating three other cases related to Google and competition restrictions in its Play Store app market, in-app purchases and the advertisement market.

Bloomberg

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by NettyNelly(m): 4:57am On Sep 14, 2021
LoL, Seriously but Google has monopolized android smartphone. It's a game for the competitive advantaged players. Not necessary

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Timi45: 5:01am On Sep 14, 2021
These tech Giants are used to litigation and fines.

The market dominance of Google in the mobile arena has solidified as a result of the tech giant’s obstruction of competitors, the Korean regulator said.

Sometimes ago, Samsung wanted to release their own OS but Google somehow managed to prevail knowing that Samsung holds the the largest share of smartphone market in the world.

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Nbotee(m): 5:15am On Sep 14, 2021
If Trump was President he'd ban South Korea tech companies in return and their market war will start

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Hangmnk: 5:18am On Sep 14, 2021
Mtwss..... Isn't South Korea a capitalist country anymore
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by xpressionx(m): 5:19am On Sep 14, 2021
Hmm
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by ALABACONNECT(m): 7:10am On Sep 14, 2021
grin Google always doing the most

Well, for your uk used and new smart tv sets and soundbars, check my signature

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by permit(m): 7:19am On Sep 14, 2021
Google don't need competition because they understand the implications ...

Where is Microsoft today....
I trust sk to come up with very competitive software just like Samsung and lg

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by pacino26(m): 8:08am On Sep 14, 2021
Nokia forked Android was a good hit back in 2012-14. I don't know why they discontinued it. Better data consumption and battery management.

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by samuel19222(m): 8:40am On Sep 14, 2021
angry
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Geeman2006: 8:40am On Sep 14, 2021
When their National pride is Samsung & LG.
They won't accept such. That's a proactive government.
Not like some other countries that their government will have a collect envelope, Siddon look approach.

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Nobody: 8:41am On Sep 14, 2021
grin Na una Sabi undecided
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by AntiChristian: 8:41am On Sep 14, 2021
Google don get monopoly already!

It's their time! Hopefully, it's never gonna be like Nokia's.
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by nairaman66(m): 8:41am On Sep 14, 2021
Mobile wars
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Bornsinner7: 8:42am On Sep 14, 2021
Hmm
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by RichDad1(m): 8:42am On Sep 14, 2021
Good one. If it’s in Nigeria, some ignorants will be shouting dictator.

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Nevefail: 8:42am On Sep 14, 2021
Abusing ke
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Ololanla: 8:42am On Sep 14, 2021
hmm
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Simpleyx: 8:42am On Sep 14, 2021
See whining lol
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by neyoohhh: 8:43am On Sep 14, 2021
If it were Nigeria, we won't rest

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Taejimin(f): 8:44am On Sep 14, 2021
Geeman2006:
When their National pride is Samsung & LG.

...and BTS. Thank you smiley

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by GeneralPula: 8:44am On Sep 14, 2021
Regulators accuse Google, whose mobile operating system powers more than 80% of smartphones around the world, of using its immense bargaining power to squeeze out the competition.

It’s bad but thats how it’s being done..

You either kill your competitors or they’ll kill you. What google is going is what every sane business man will do..

Nike also did it recently. Did you know that Nike has started copying the style of that brand they tag evil shoe?

Until somebody else finds another way, they’ll keep on killing any competition..

Competition is bad for business..

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Bamzyriches451: 8:44am On Sep 14, 2021
E concern them
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by timay1: 8:46am On Sep 14, 2021
Timi45:
These tech Giants are used to litigation and fines.



Sometimes ago, Samsung wanted to release their own OS but Google somehow managed to prevail knowing that Samsung holds the the largest share of smartphone market in the world.

Samsung are probably behind the fine. They probably lobby their government into sanctioning google

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Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by LatestIdeas: 8:46am On Sep 14, 2021
cheesy
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Skillsnigeria: 8:47am On Sep 14, 2021
angry
Re: South Korea Fines Google $177m For Abusing Smartphone Dominance by Arizonaz: 8:48am On Sep 14, 2021
World of technology is an endless possibilities.

I used Google Docs to do my typing and all of a sudden, my PC ba3 went off. All I did was to type Google doc on my mobile browser and continue my work. Google is another world on its own.

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