Trump attacks European Union for fining Google ahead of Juncker visit

Yolanda Curtis
July 23, 2018

According to a report in The Guardian this week, the trend began with Reddit users upvoting a post containing a photo of Trump and the word.

In its ruling, the European Union said Google broke the rules by requiring cellphone makers to take a bundle of Google apps if they wanted any at all.

Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday: "I told you so!"

Funnily, The Star reported that the algorithms of Google have been programmed in such a way that if you search for the word "idiot", hundreds of Donald Trump pictures pop up.

It's just days since the Europe hit Google with a record fine for what it described as "very serious illegal behavior" in an antitrust case about the company's abuse of Android to dominate the competition. The staggering number also has many concerned that Google will change its approach to Android, potentially removing it as a free, open-source mobile operating system.

Some 1.3 billion Android smartphones were sold past year, compared with approximately 215 million running on iOS and 1.5 million with other operating systems, according to the research firm.

Google was posting some of the code related things of Fuchsia from the year 2016 and as per the report, the software will likely be created to address the shortcomings of the best operating system of smartphone, Android, focussing particularly on voice commands and frequent privacy and data security updates.

The Commission said that Google broke the law by requiring manufacturers to install its Google Search and Chrome apps as a condition for licensing Google's app store.

He added that he would seek to explain to Trump that since the European Commission coordinates trade policy for the European Union, Washington could not forge a trade deal with just one of its members.

The 4.34 billion euro penalty comes on top of a 2.42 billion euro fine ($2.8 billion) that regulators imposed on Google a year ago for favoring its shopping listings in search results. This seems like the next logical investment for Google but as its Android is heavily invested in the tech industry with billions of dollars worth of stakes, millions of devices supported, and countless hardware firms partnered, it is not surprising that the official go-ahead for the development and implementation of the operating system has not been signed off yet. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai has set his company in this direction - toward artificial intelligence services that reach consumers everywhere. With the fast updates taking place in the technology world, Google is in a constant pressure to release the best updates to give a tough competition to its rival companies who are developing new and innovating technologies to reach the topmost position. If it adopted that model, it would have to sell the Android operating system to smartphone makers upfront.

In 2015 former President Barack Obama said in an interview with Recode that the European Union was sometimes "more commercially driven than anything else" in its probes of United States tech companies, including Google.

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