Google ‘respectfully disagrees’ with Italy’s antitrust determination, Telecom Information, ET Telecom

MILAN: Google “respectfully contradicts” Italy’s antitrust decision to impose a € 102 million fine for abusing a dominant position based on its Android mobile operating system and the Google Play app store, a company spokesman said Thursday.

Italy’s competition watchdog said earlier Thursday that the internet giant had not allowed JuicePass, an electric vehicle services app from Enel X, to work with Android Auto, which allows apps to be used while driving.

The spokesman said Google’s priority for Android Auto is ensuring safety while driving and strict guidelines for apps supported by Android Auto.

“There are thousands of apps that are compatible with Android Auto. Our goal is to give even more developers the ability to make their apps available over time,” he added.
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