Google fined $177 million for thwarting potential Android rivals in South Korea

Google fined $177 million for thwarting potential Android rivals in South Korea

SEOUL—South Korea fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google nearly $177 million for preventing other companies from developing rival versions of the Android operating system, the latest challenge to the US tech giant’s dominance in mobile software.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission said Tuesday that Google abused its market position to thwart efforts that could lead to competing mobile operating systems and delay the release of new products and services.

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