The Italian Competition Authority suspects that Google abuses a dominant position in the market

ROMA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - May 17, 2019) The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) initiated a process at Google, stating that by preventing an application from the Italian company from integrating into Google's Android Auto, the technological giant has abused his dominant position in the market.

"Thanks to the Android operating system, Google occupies a dominant position in the market for operating systems for smart devices and refuses to integrate the Enel X Recharge application, developed by [the Italian energy company] Enel to provide information on the loading of cars. electric to the end users., on Android Auto, "the ICA said in a press release on Friday.

The Italian Competition Authority suspects that Google abuses a dominant position in the market


The Competition Authority believes that by keeping Enel X Recharge out of the Android Auto app, which allows drivers to reflect some of the features of their Android smartphones in the main units of their cars, the technology giant is trying to promote your own Google Maps, which also shows the location of the charging stations.

"The exclusion of the Enel X Recharge application from Android Auto reduces the convenience of this application for users and limits its ability to use its functions, including reservation of charging stations," the press release adds.

ICA officials have already made visits to the offices of these companies as part of a preliminary examination.

The investigation is expected to conclude on May 30, 2020.

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