The Financial Times has reported that Google is bracing itself for a fine of up to $11 billion from the European Commission for breaching antitrust laws. We spoke to Tactical Tech’s Rose Regina Lawrence to explain the significance of the case and what it means for consumers.
Lawrence explains that the fine would amount to 10 percent of the total annual earnings for Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The Commission is specifically looking into Google’s agreements with Android phone manufacturers. The impact on customers, she explains, is that “not all Android smartphones get access to timely security updates…This is especially true of older and lower-end devices.”