BRUSSELS Oct 3 Alphabet's Google has
been given until the end of October, the fourth extension, to
rebut EU antitrust charges that it uses its dominant Android
mobile operating system to block competitors, the European
Commission said on Monday.
The Commission in April said the U.S. technology giant's
demand that mobile phone makers pre-install Google Search and
the Google Chrome browser on their smartphones to access other
Google apps harms consumers and competition.
The EU watchdog had initially set a July 27 deadline for
Google to respond to the charges. This had been extended three
times at the company's request, with the previous deadline Sept.
The new deadlines are Oct. 31 for the Android case and Oct.
26 and Oct. 13 for cases relating to online search advertising
In the shopping case, Google has been accused of favouring
its shopping service over those of rivals in internet search
results while the AdSense case centres on the company's measures
which block competitors in online search advertising.
"In each of these cases, Google asked for additional time to
review the documents in the case file. In line with normal
practice, the Commission analysed the reasons for the request
and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its
rights of defence," Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in
The EU antitrust enforcer intends to hit the company with
deterrent fines in the Android and shopping cases, according to
charge sheets seen by Reuters.
Google can be fined up to $7.4 billion, or 10 percent of its
global turnover, for each case if found guilty of breaching EU
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek and