Google given until October to respond to EU concerns about Android

US internet giant Google has been granted extra time to respond to EU suspicions that it hampered competition with business practices related to its Android operating system for smartphones and tablets.

The European Union's executive granted an extension until October 7 so that the company can "fully exercise its rights of defence," European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said Tuesday.

The commission has argued that Google blocked competitors and limited search engine and browser choices for manufacturers and consumers. It could hit Google with a fine or consider a settlement if the company offers concessions.

The commission has taken issue with the fact that manufacturers were required to pre-install Google's search engine and Chrome web browser on devices that use any other of its licensed apps, such as the popular Google Play app store.

Manufacturers wishing to install Google apps on their devices were also prevented from using competitors' modified versions of Android, while companies that offered Google Search as a mobile device's exclusive search engine were provided financial incentives, the commission said.

About 80 per cent of mobile devices in Europe use Android, notably low-price smartphones and tablets.

Google's business has been under EU scrutiny for years, after competitors complained about its supremacy in the internet search-engine market.

Last update: Tue, 20/09/2016 - 12:24

More from Europe

Hundreds protest in Berlin in solidarity with US Women's March

Hundreds are staging a demonstration for women's rights in front of the US embassy in Berlin, on the same day that a...

Five dead, 23 missing after avalanche hits Italian hotel

The death toll in an avalanche that buried a hotel in Italy earlier this week has risen to five and 23 people are...

Official: Attack was imminent, possibly on Vienna underground

Police foiled an imminent attack, possibly on the Vienna underground, when they arrested a radicalized 18-year-old,...

Le Pen hails birth of a "new world" at far-right conference

Leaders of Europe's established far-right parties were bullish about their parties' prospects at a conference in the...

Hitler, Mussolini figures set up in Koblenz to protest European right

Protestors set up metre-high cardboard figures of notorious European fascist leaders to mark their disgust at a...