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Google appeals EU's €4.34B Android antitrust fine

Google LLC lodged an appeal against the record €4.34 billion fine imposed by the European Commission over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system, Reuters reported, citing an email from the tech giant.

The Alphabet Inc. unit submitted its challenge to the Luxembourg-based General Court, the second-highest court in the European Union. The appeal contained arguments presented by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in response to the EU's July ruling, mainly that Android has created more choice for consumers, not less.

The case, which could take some years before a ruling is made, is eligible for a final appeal before the EU's top tribunal, the Court of Justice of the European Union, but only on points of law, according to the report.

In its decision, the EC argued that Google hindered competition by requiring manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and the Google Chrome browser app on Android phones as a condition for licensing app store Google Play. Prior to the ruling, the commission sent Google its statement of objections following an examination of the company's contracts with phone makers and operators that use the operating system.

U.S. officials responded to the penalty by saying that more action may need to be taken at home against Google. Analysts, however, believe the fine will not have a significant effect on the financial standing of Google's parent Alphabet.