Google has lost its latest battle with European Union regulators. This morning, the EU General Court upheld Google’s record fine for bundling Google Search and Chrome with Android. The initial ruling was reached in July 2018 with a 4.34 billion euro fine attached, and while that number has been knocked down to 4.125 billion euro ($4.13 billion), it’s still the EU’s biggest fine ever.
The EU takes issue with the way Google licenses Android and associated Google apps like the Play Store to manufacturers. The Play Store and Google Play Services are needed to build a competitive smartphone, but getting them from Google requires signing a number of contracts that the EU says stifles competition.
Google breakin’ rocks in the hot sun.
There goes the only successful funding model for open-source software (having some search engine or other online service be your sponsor). Firefox is doing something similar with Google, and its why they will defend the “Firefox” trademark in order to prevent someone from removing the Google search engine and still calling the resulting package “Firefox” (instead, if you want to do that, you’ll have to rename your package to something much less well-known such as “Iceweasel”). Because what is (from a programmer’s perspective) a simple search engine default is actually Mozilla’s entire funding.