In a statement on May 13, the Italian Competition Supervisory Authority said that nearly three-quarters of Italians use smartphones running on the Android operating system, and through the Android operating system and the app store. Google Play, Google dominates, giving the company control over the extent to which other app developers can reach end users.
However, Google got in the way of JuicePass, an electric vehicle service app from Energy Company Enel X, that works on top of Android Auto, a platform that allows other apps to be used while driving.
The Italian competition watchdog said it was unfair for Google to limit JuicePass access to Android Auto when the company prioritized Google Maps.
“Google hasn’t stopped the JuicePass app from working on Android Auto in the last 2 years, which could affect Enel X’s ability to build a user base,” he said. The Italian competition supervisory agency assessed and said that the above behavior may affect the development of the electric mobility industry in an important period … and the negative effects may occur for popularity of electric vehicles.
The Italian competition watchdog fined Google 102,084,433.91 euros for violating Article 102 of the Treaty on the Operation of the European Union (TFEU), which regulates monopolies and issues related to competition restrictions. paintings
In addition to the fine, this said it asked Google to pave the way for JuicePass and other app developers programming tools that could be compatible with Android Auto.