South Korean antitrust regulator fines Google $177M for abusing market dominance

  • The U.S. tech company has restricted market competition by prohibiting local smartphone makers like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics from customizing their Android OS, through Google’s anti-fragmentation agreements, according to the antitrust regulator statement.
  • The KFTC banned Google LLC, Google Asia Pacific and Google Korea from imposing local smartphone developers to sign the AFA and make changes on details about the existing version.
  • The new measure in South Korea will be applied to not only mobiles devices but also other Android-powered smart devices including watches and TVs. Android’s compatibility program has spurred innovation among Korean mobile operator owners and software developers and that has led to a better user experience for Korean consumers, Google said in its statement.

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