EU demanding changes to Google’s mobile services
The EU may force Google to make “sweeping” changes to its mobile search engine.
Regulators probed Google’s search business after complaints from competitors, demanding the company come up with a “remedy proposal” by this month. Google submitted a letter three weeks ago, and has since been in talks with EU regulators.
According to a report in the Financial Times, those negotiations are in their “final days”, but EU regulators are now also pushing for “sweeping” changes to Google’s mobile business – although it’s not clear what action is being sought.
The move is surprising, as the complaints were initially only regarding PC-based search, with Google accused of manipulating search results and unfairly promoting its own services.
While both parties are thought to prefer a settlement over a potentially lengthy trial, EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia has reportedly taken the first steps to creating a so-called “charge sheet”, in case a trial is necessary.
Google couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publishing.