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US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union for fining Google $7.4 billion ($5 billion US) for harming its competitors, tweeting that the incident proved the regional bloc has "taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!"

Adding to that, Google also specifically banned these smartphone makers from using rival versions of Android on their devices.

Google has been handed a colossal €4.34 billion (£3.8bn) fine by the European Commission for placing restrictions on how its Android operating system can be used.

It nearly doubles the €2.42b - about Dollars $2.8b - that the European Union levied against the company past year over promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of its search results. "They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!"

The decision, which followed a three-year EU investigation, comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount because of President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum exports.

The president is due to conduct crunch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House next week, where he could choose to bring up the Google fine again.

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It it fails to overturn it, the company will have 90 days to change its practices or risk facing an even larger fine. This means now Google should stop forcing the manufacturers to preinstall Google search and Google Chrome if they want to offer the Google Play Store on handsets.

"Android has created more choice for everyone, not less", Google spokesman Al Verney said in a statement.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the U.S. tech giant illegally used Android's near-monopoly to boost usage of its own search engine and browser.

Android, which runs about 80 per cent of the world's smartphones according to Strategy Analytics, is the most important of a trio of antitrust cases against Google.

European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said she very much liked the U.S., countering a reported remark by President Donald Trump that she "hated" the country.

"If phone makers and mobile network operators couldn't include our apps on their wide range of devices, it would upset the balance of the Android ecosystem".


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