That wasn’t all. Vestager (pronounced Vestayer) announced a new investigation into whether Google had abused its dominant position with the Android operating system for smartphones. She suggested other cases were possible, too – regarding Google’s expansion into the markets for local search, maps, images, travel, etc. For Google, this was a nightmare portending years of scrutiny, a fine of up to $6 billion, and edicts that could forever limit the effectiveness of its products. The company must file a response to Vestige’s “statement of objections” by Aug. 17.
In the span of just 15 months, Google somehow lost Europe.
I honestly don’t believe this will go that far – I’m sure Google’s learned from Microsoft’s mistakes in Europe, and that it will give in just enough to avoid serious consequences.
It’s a fascinating account but as well as showing Google’s “miscalculation” it also shows how beholden to lobbyists the European Commission is. Google will probably just lobby more commissioners.
Edited 2015-08-07 09:08 UTC