Google isn't commenting on the case and has denied any wrongdoing, pointing to a 2016 blog post in which it argues its Android operating system has created more competition than it's stifled. In 2016, Brussels accused Google of using Android to abuse its search dominance by giving manufacturers financial incentives to pre-install Google search on their products, and by requiring device-makers to install Google's browser and search tools in order to access its popular mobile apps and app store.
Eventually, the US government lawsuits against Microsoft helped pave the way for newfangled competitors to rise up in the realm of search-including Google.
This won't be Google's first big fine in Europe, however. The commission is empowered to impose fines of up to $11bn, which amounts to10 percent of the global turnover of Google's parent company Alphabet, according to the FT report, though most penalties are usually issued in the lower end of the range.
Authorities are probing whether Google is using Android to unlawfully skew the market against competitors.
According to the Financial Times, European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager may decide to levy another massive fine against Google, in an anti-trust case involving its popular Android operating system.
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The European Commission says these demands gave Google an advantage and hampered user choice.
The case brings back memories of Microsoft's situation some 30 years ago. It was also bundling the Internet Explorer browser and its Media Player with the operating system. It remains to be seen whether USA officials will target Google in the same way that they did with Microsoft in the 1990s and AT&T in the 1980s.
There is a growing awareness of the ways in which big technology companies have grown horizontally and spread into multiple areas, redefining traditional thinking about what constitutes a monopoly.
As a deterrent to others, the European Union penalty is likely to top the record 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8 billion) fine handed out to Google last year for unfairly favoring its shopping service, sources told Reuters last year.
Google later introduced changes in how it compares shopping offers in its search results.