The South Korea’s antitrust regulator Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has fined the technology giant Google with an amount of 207 billion as Google blocked the modified versions of Android operating system. This has resulted into a major setback to the US’s tech giant. The charges imposed by South Korea now become major second setback for Google in less than a month.
The South Korea’s department said that the Google’s blocking for the Android customization services restricted competition in the mobile OS market.However, Google has opposed to the departments’ claims and said that the department overlooked the advantages provided by Android. Most importantly, the ruling ignores the benefits provided to the customers.
The anti-fragmentation agreement states that manufactures cannot use equip their handsets with customized versions of Android. The KFTC blamed Google that this has helped Google dominate the world mobile operating system market.The regulator said it is the ninth biggest fine it has imposed on any firm until now.In 2013, Samsung Electronics had launched a smartwatch that was equipped with a modified version of Android but it later incorporated another OS in the Smartwatch after Google claimed the move as an AFA violation.