Seznam calls for concrete action from Google following EC antitrust fine

Seznam calls for concrete action from Google following EC antitrust fine

Czech search engine Seznam has demanded greater detail on Google’s plans to introduce greater competition across the Android device ecosystem.

Reuters reported that within the Czech Republic, Seznam brings in as much advertising revenue as Google but has nonetheless been losing ground to the US tech giant for at least three years – a fact that the Czech company has complained about to the European Commission.

Seznam accuses Google of squeezing out its competitors by pre-loading Android devices with Google apps, in particular its search engine and browser. The European Commission has taken note; in July last year, it fined Google €4.3 billion for exploiting its market dominance.

Last week, Google’s SVP of global affairs and chief legal officer Kent Walker addressed the concerns, stating that the company would “ensure Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available.”

Michal Feix, former CEO of Seznam and currently a partner at a consultancy firm providing advice to the company, said: “Time is running out, every day makes a difference. Seznam is losing market share because of Google’s search engine installed by default on mobiles. [Google’s solution] is probably the solution we are looking at but it depends on the details. Walker’s blog lacked details.”

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