Google Combats EU Antitrust Attacks On Android With Surprisingly Convincing GIFs
The company has offered a four-part rebuttal alongside their new GIFs. First, Google insists that the European Commission’s case is based on the idea that Google’s Android does not compete with Apple’s iOS. Second, Google argues that the Commission underestimates the importance of developers and the challenges that they face. Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel remarked, “Developers — and there were at least 1.3 million of them in Europe in 2015 — depend on a stable and consistent framework to do their work...To manage this challenge, we work with hardware makers to establish a minimum level of compatibility among Android devices.”
Last but not least, Google argued that its methods allows it to give suites of apps for free instead of charging upfront licensing fees. Google insists that Android, “By any measure, it is the most open, flexible, and differentiated of the mobile computing platforms.”
The GIFs that accompany these arguments are part of a debate that was formalized this past April, but has been going since at least 2011. The company could potentially be fined between $3.4 billion and $7.4 billion, or one-tenth of their revenue.