Last week, Google announced to charge extra costs on mobile phone manufacturers in the EU for its pre-installed services. Yesterday The Register reported that the taxes will be up to $40 per device.
Officially, the extra costs are another measure to prevent Google from exploiting its dominant position within the market that already led to the European Commission fining the company with a $5 billion antitrust record.
Some, however, see this step as a further abuse of the Tech Giant’s power. As Michael Weber, Chairman of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (iCOMP) sums up: “It’s amazing how they always find a way to turn a remedy into a new source of profit”.