The Italian competition watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Google (GOOGL.O) € 102 million ($ 123 million) for abusing its dominant position over its system of Android mobile operation and its Google Play app store.
“Thanks to Android and the Google Play App Store, Google occupies a dominant position which allows it to control the reach of application developers on end users,” the regulator said in a statement, adding that nearly three quarters of Italians use smartphones running Android. .
The regulator said Google is not allowing JuicePass, an electric vehicle (EV) services app from Enel X, to run on Android Auto – which allows apps to be used while driving – unfairly limiting its use while driving. by promoting Google Maps.
Google hasn’t allowed the app on Android Auto for two years, which could compromise Enel X’s ability to build a user base, the watchdog said.
“The contested driving may influence the development of electric mobility in a crucial phase … with possible negative spillover effects on the diffusion of electric vehicles,” said the antitrust regulator.
Enel X is the “e-solutions” division of Italian utility Enel (ENEI.MI) and Juice Pass primarily allows users to find charging stations on maps and view their details.
In addition to the fine, the regulator said it had asked Google to make JuicePass available on Android Auto.
Google was not immediately available for comment.
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